People seemed to have latched on to ex-Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis as a leading candidate to replace Ken O’Keefe in that job at Iowa.
Will it be Davis? I have no idea, but what harm would it be to give some info about Davis?
First, some primary facts. Davis is 61. He was Mack Brown’s OC at Texas for 13 years until the end of the 2010 season, was Brown’s OC for two years at North Carolina before that. He also had two-year stints as OC at Arkansas and Georgia. He was head coach at Tulane from 1988 to 1991, with a record of 14-37. His son, Greg Davis Jr., is currently an assistant coach at Tulane and has been for 12 years.
Davis “resigned” in December 2010 after Texas went 5-7. He has not had a coaching job since. Let’s proceed.
1. After the 2005 season, Davis was given the Frank Broyles Award, which goes to the nation’s top NCAA Division I assistant football coach. He also was a Broyles Award finalist in 1999.
2. He likes to use the bubble screen pass. Time after time on Texas message boards, you’ll repeatedly see Longhorn fans mentioning “bubble screen” in their list of past grievances against Davis.
3. In 2011 he took what he called a “redshirt year.” Davis spent three days at Florida, three days at Auburn, and three days at Iowa State observing and picking the brains of offensive coaches at those schools.
4. Before Texas played Baylor in Austin on Oct. 30, 2010, some Longhorn fans paid $1,300 for a plane to fly over Texas Memorial Stadium with this banner:
5. The Longhorns averaged over 35 points per game every season between 2003 and 2009, and scored 50.2 a game with Vince Young at quarterback in 2005. The Horns were 138-27 from 1998 through 2009, Texas’ first 12 seasons with Brown as coach and Davis as offensive coordinator. 101-16 from 2001 through 2009.
6. Lee Corso co-hosted the Doak Walker Award banquet in Dallas last Saturday night. He was asked about quarterback Garrett Gilbert, who has transferred to SMU. Gilbert was Texas’ No. 1 quarterback in 2010. Here’s a passage from the Dallas Morning News’ story from the banquet:
Corso said Gilbert will get “probably better coaching” under SMU coach June Jones, to loud applause — and a little shock in the ballroom.
7. Here are links to two interesting columns about Davis from the Austin American-Statesman. The first was written by Kirk Bohls in 2006. The second was penned by Kevin Robbins after Davis’ “resignation” in 2010. The following video was from a KXAN-TV newscast on the news of Davis’ “resignation.”