Texas Longhorns Football: More Coaches Leaving for Greener Pastures

Kris HughesCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2010

New Colorado WR Coach- Bobby Kennedy
New Colorado WR Coach- Bobby KennedyTom Pennington/Getty Images

According to several sources, former Texas Longhorns wide receivers coach Bobby Kennedy has accepted the same position with the Colorado Buffaloes to be a part of newly-hired coach Jon Embree's first staff.

Kennedy, a native of Boulder, spent a total of seven years under Mack Brown at Texas and reportedly was waiting on an opportunity to return to his home state.

Kennedy brings 20 total years of coaching experience to Colorado, and his ties to Texas recruiting hotbeds could make the Buffaloes a player in the state once again.

Kennedy's move to Colorado from Texas adds fire to the speculation that current Longhorn strength and conditioning coach Jeff Madden will be the next to jump ship to Boulder. Madden just finished his 13th year on the Forty Acres and has been a staple of the Longhorn program since Mack Brown's arrival in Austin.

Madden's career began as the strength and conditioning coach at Rice in 1983 before he moved on to the University of Colorado in the same position in 1989, where he spent three years. While at Colorado, he worked with 1994 Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam, and later at Texas he worked with 1998 Heisman winner Ricky Williams.

Madden reportedly is close friends with the new offensive coordinator at Colorado, former Buffalo running back Eric Bieniemy. His previous connection to the program and Embree's apparent desire to add those with previous connections to the school to his staff make Madden's move all but inevitable.

Bobby Kennedy was a solid receivers coach who helped several Longhorns improve while on campus and move on to the next level. He can be replaced relatively easily, however. There is no shortage of qualified receivers coaches.

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If Jeff Madden were to depart, it would be a different bag of marbles. The effect his techniques and training had on the Longhorns was obvious throughout the past few seasons. His departure would leave a much greater mark.

Still waiting on you, Mack. Your ranks are getting even thinner.

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