Texas football could lose one of its bright young coaches to a head job. Wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer has experience at FCS powerhouse James Madison, and is reportedly a head coaching candidate for the Dukes.
The JMU program has been highly successful at the FCS level, and has proven to be a bit of a coaching incubator.
Everett Withers took over the Dukes after a long career as an FBS assistant, including a spot as associate head coach under Urban Meyer at Ohio State. He parlayed two seasons into the Texas State job, from which he was recently fired.
This off-season, Charlotte was set to hire JMU’s Mike Houston, before ECU swooped in and stole him from under the 49ers’ noses. Either way, the Dukes are left with a vacancy, and one of their targets is reportedly the 31-year old Tom Herman assistant.
Drew Mehringer was co-offensive coordinator for James Madison football under Withers back in 2014.
He left to join Tom Herman’s Houston staff, and after a brief stint as coordinator at Rutgers, rejoined Herman with the Longhorns.
He has helped develop one of college football’s top wide receiver tandems, in Lil’Jordan Humphrey and Collin Johnson.
According to the Austin American-Statesman, he is on JMU’s list:
Texas receivers coach Drew Mehringer is being considered for the head coaching position at James Madison University, a source familiar with the process said.
The school had “a number of candidates” express interest after Mike Houston left the school to become the head coach at East Carolina, the source said.
Mehringer could not be reached. UT coaches were recruiting this week in preparation for early signing day on Dec. 19.
It’s unclear if he would consider the Dukes job, though it could put him on the fast track to an FBS head coaching job. Of course, at this point there are many different paths to reach that level.