Is Graham Harrell About to be a Texas Longhorn?
Graham Harrell was the most successful Texas Tech quarterback of the Mike Leach era. He's got records, accomplishments and stats galore. Since being a Texas Tech legend he's been an NFL backup and a successful collegiate assistant at Washington State, North Texas and most recently USC.
The quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator duties for USC fell to Graham Harrell after Kliff Kingsbury moved on to the NFL. Where North Texas regressed without Harrell, USC excelled, even with multiple quarterback injuries. The Trojans went from 18 passing touchdowns to 33 passing touchdowns with more than 1,000 yards more through the air in 2019.
Even with the offensive improvements it might not be enough for USC head coach Clay Helton to keep his job. If Helton is indeed fired, then Harrell will be riding the coaching carousel right beside him.
So where do the Longhorns come into it? Well, Tom Herman just fired everybody.
After a disappointing 7-5 regular season, Tom Herman has cleaned house and is now looking for a new set of coordinators and Graham Harrell is the obvious choice to be the Texas Longhorns new offensive coordinator. Harrell would be back in Texas, he grew up south of Dallas in Ennis. He'd be back in the Big 12, where he played at Texas Tech. He's recruited Texas while at North Texas.
I know Red Raiders won't like this, but at this point it seems inevitable and it's a great job for Harrell to have in his career and from the initial reports it's pretty much just Graham Harrell on the list.
Joe Brady is at LSU so I can't imagine he'd bail on that job to move laterally to Texas. If that's even a lateral move at this point, even if he's elevated to play caller. To me, the Red Raider faithful should just prepare themselves for the inevitable of Graham Harrell donning the burnt orange in 2020.