Texas Football: Is New Defensive Back Coach Jerry Gray Leaving To Be Titans' DC?

Kris HughesCorrespondent IFebruary 8, 2011

Is Jerry Gray Already On the Move to Tennessee?
Is Jerry Gray Already On the Move to Tennessee?

Just as soon as Mack Brown thought he had his coaching staff filled, he may be dead wrong.

Multiple reports are surfacing over the past few days that newly-hired Texas Longhorns defensive backs coach Jerry Gray may be leaving Austin to join the Tennessee Titans as defensive coordinator under new head coach Mike Munchak.

If Gray ends up leaving the Forty Acres as quickly as he arrived, Texas will be back to square one in its search for a defensive backs coach, adding a new twist to what has been a very eventful and confounding offseason for Mack Brown and his coaching staff.

Texas managed to hold together an impressive recruiting class for 2011 given the shakeups among the coaching ranks and would certainly be frustrated to know the distraction of hiring new personnel during the core of the recruiting season is still not done.

It seems somewhat odd professionally that Gray would be willing to burn a bridge which he has barely built in order for an opportunity which may be better in terms of pay, especially when that bridge is his alma mater. 

Where there is smoke, however, there tends to be fire, and the multiple rumors floating around the blogosphere the past few days suggest that there is something to the rumors of his departure.

Mack Brown was as excited about Jerry Gray's hire as any other which occurred over the past few tumultuous months following the Longhorns' frustrating 5-7 2010 season.

In Gray, he saw a defensive backs coach with a wealth of both NFL and collegiate experience which could help mold some of the raw secondary talent which Texas possesses. 

If Gray does depart, where does Texas turn?

We'll certainly find out soon, as it appears Tennessee's Mike Munchak isn't one to waste any time.