Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline has been targeted by new Texas coach Charlie Strong, according to CBS Sports’ Bruce Feldman.
— Bruce Feldman (@BFeldmanCBS) January 10, 2014
This is not the first time Texas has gone after Wickline, who is regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in the country. Mack Brown tried to lure Wickline to Austin after the 2010 season.
Wickline has been at OSU since 2005 and is the last remaining member of Mike Gundy’s original staff. He’s become a master at developing versatile linemen that he can shuffle around to find the best possible combination.
That ability to mix and match was perhaps most evident this season, when the Cowboys lost projected starting left tackle and top lineman Devin Davis to a season-ending knee injury during fall camp. He settled on the best combination in mid-October, moving Parker Graham from left tackle to right guard, Daniel Koenig from right tackle to left tackle and rotating Brandon Garrett and Chris Girsbhy at right tackle.
OSU tied for ninth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed (14) and helped Desmond Roland, who became the starting running back in late October, finish the season with 811 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.