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Report: Tulsa Offensive Coordinator Sterlin Gilbert Will Take Job At Texas

Normally, one would assume that offering a young coach the chance to jump from a coordinator position at Tulsa to Texas would be fairly straightforward, but nothing's that easy for the Longhorns these days. On Friday, reports emerged that Tulsa's Sterlin Gilbert had turned down Charlie Strong for the chance to take over the Texas offense. Apparently Strong wouldn't take no for an answer, and this morning, it appears that Gilbert will in fact take the job.

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— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB)

#Tulsa’s Sterlin Gilbert has accepted #Texas’ offer to become UT’s new OC, source tells @FoxSports.

— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) December 12, 2015

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Late Friday night, Strong, Texas athletic director Mike Perrin and UT President Gregory Fenves flew to meet Gilbert at his home, a meeting that was caught on video.

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It took a lot of effort, but it looks like Strong has his guy. Gilbert comes from the Art Briles offensive coaching tree, having worked for two Briles proteges—Dino Babers, now the head coach at Syracuse, at Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green, and Phil Montgomery at Tulsa. The Big 12 has become known for wide open offense. Expect Texas to follow suit with Gilbert on staff.