Gilbert, Mattox pegged to lead Longhorns offense

Coach Charlie Strong with Sterlin Gilbert, new offensive coordinator on the left and offensive line coach Matt Mattox.
Coach Charlie Strong with Sterlin Gilbert, new offensive coordinator on the left and offensive line coach Matt Mattox.

AUSTIN (KXAN) — No matter the winding path it took to acquire the pieces. In the end, Texas and head coach Charlie Strong got their guys to lead the Longhorns offense.

On Monday, Strong introduced his new additions in offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Sterlin Gilbert and offensive line/running game coordinator Matt Mattox.

“It’s huge, at the core of me, I’m a Texas high school football coach, so to be able to stand here today is very important to me,” Gilbert said. “It’s very important to the Texas high school coaches, and I’ve got numerous texts, calls from guys I coached with, networked with, guys that I know throughout the state of Texas that are very excited about this. They’re very excited about the process in helping the University of Texas back where it needs to be.”

Strong needed a commitment for the future of his offense. He found it in Gilbert, Mattox and the Texas administration.

When the deal between Gilbert and Texas appeared to have fallen through late last week, Texas Athletic Director Mike Perrin and school president Greg Fenves came to Strong’s side.

‘You guys followed us up to Tulsa last week, and they (Fenves and Perrine) made that trip with us. The reason why they did come was just to show support they have not only for me, but for the program,” Strong said.

“That situation was about commitment. It was commitment about me getting here. I’m here now and that’s it,” Gilbert said.

After a season of offensive struggles, Gilbert arrives in Austin expected to implement a spread attack for the Longhorns.

“You want to fall in line with the greats that have come through here and that’s our job. Coach Strong has done a good job of setting the base and setting the standard. Right now, it’s our job to continue that and not only continue it, but to better it,” Gilbert said.

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