As the Texas Longhorns' massive coaching search winds to an end, there is only one position left to fill, the offensive line coach. Several candidates have been discussed in the search over the past few weeks, with few rumors being confirmed, or leading to actual interviews.
Throughout the different online postings, three names have continually surfaced as possibilities: Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad, Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline and Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes.
Let's take a quick look at all three and what each could bring to the table as Texas' new OL coach, working along-side recently named co-offensive coordinators Bryan Harsin and Major Applewhite.
Widely recognized as one of the best offensive line coaches in collegiate football, Wisconsin Badgers offensive line coach Bob Bostad has been mentioned in several sources as Texas' top candidate to fill the offensive line coaching vacancy.
Bostad's massive Badger offensive line helped the running back trio of John Clay, Montee Ball and James Davis to come within a few yards of becoming the first trio in college football history to each rush for 1,000 yards in the same season and breaking several Wisconsin records in the process.
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Wisconsin physically dominated the majority of their opponents, conference and non-conference alike, putting up 70+ points on several occasions and running the ball at will.
If Texas makes the decision to bring along Bostad as the new offensive line coach, the talented front line including up-and-comers Paden Kelley, Mason Walters, Garrett Porter and potentially Christian Westerman could only benefit and once again help Texas to become the running power that it once was.
Oklahoma State offensive line coach Joe Wickline has enjoyed six highly productive seasons as the offensive line coach for Mike Gundy's Cowboys.
Wickline's 2008 offensive line helped the Cowboys running attack enjoy one of its most successful seasons in school history, with back Kendall Hunter entering the conversation as one of the nation's best, averaging close to 119 yards per game.
Hunter's 2010 campaign was no less impressive as he rushed for a total of 135.6 yards per game and finished the season as a candidate for the Doak Walker Award.
Wickline's ability to effectively recruit in Texas, especially in the Dallas/Ft. Worth metroplex, make him an attractive potential candidate for the final opening to be filled on Mack Brown's staff.
The Auburn offensive line, under current coach and rumored Texas offensive line coach Jeff Grimes, had an outstanding season blocking for Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. Newton was able to pass under very little duress and also run through holes which any running back would salivate over.
Grimes, a 1991 University of Texas-El Paso graduate, led the Auburn offense to several record-breaking performances, including total points in a season, total yards of offense in a season, and most offensive plays in a season.
Prior to his arrival at Auburn, Grimes served in a similar capacity at Colorado and BYU for single seasons, and was an early part of the Boise State run in the early 2000s.
Grimes is the biggest reach candidate of the three, as it is likely that former Texas defensive coordinator, and current Auburn head coach Gene Chizik would likely do everything in his power to keep Grimes on campus.
So the final piece to be filled is the offensive line coach. Who will it be? Is Bob Bostad the best fit?
Chances are we will hear very soon.