Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels, who left Athens on a private plane for Austin, Texas, Wednesday afternoon, has accepted the position of Texas offensive line coach, according to one report.
Orangebloods.com, the Texas Rivals.com affiliate, reported that Searels is set to replace Mac McWhorter as the Longhorns’ line coach.
“No comment,” Searels said when asked by the Athens Banner-Herald Wednesday afternoon if he had accepted a job on Mack Brown’s Longhorns’ staff.
Searels was accompanied by his wife Patricia as he spoke outside Athens-Ben Epps airport.
Georgia coach Mark Richt called Bulldogs offensive line commitment Nathan Theus from Jacksonville, Fla., around 7 p.m. Wednesday to inform them that Searels was interviewing with Texas, but did not say he accepted the job, Theus’ father said.
“He assured us that if Coach Searels decided to leave and to move that rest assured that they would bring someone in at Georgia that was comparable and that would have the same integrity and character that Coach Richt demands,” said Paul Theus. He said Nathan is still committed to Georgia, but will probably reach out to other schools that offered him—including Florida State, Arkansas and South Carolina.
Searels and his wife were picked up at the Austin airport’s private terminal Wednesday evening by Brown’s wife, Sally, according to the Austin American-Statesman.
The newspaper reported that Texas wants to fill the job quickly because several 2011 recruits are making their official visits on Friday.
Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes already turned down the job.
Searels was polite, but did not want to answer questions before he left Athens.
“I have no comment about anything as of now,” he said.
Searels said he would be willing to comment later.
Searels, 45, has coached Georgia’s offensive line for four seasons after holding a similar position at LSU.
The Trion, Ga., native added the title running game coordinator at Georgia in 2009 after turning down the chance to become offensive line coach at Auburn, his alma mater.
The Bulldogs offensive line was expected to be a strength this year after Georgia ranked sixth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed in 2009, but the experienced unit was considered a disappointment in 2010 when Georgia ranked 10th in the SEC in rushing and allowed nearly two sacks per game.
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