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Texas assistant Brennan Marion is interviewing for Tulsa’s head coaching position

Texas assistant Brennan Marion is interviewing for Tulsa’s head coaching position

Texas wide receivers coach Brennan Marion is in the mix for the vacant head coaching position at the University of Tulsa, sources confirmed to Horns247. A former wide receiver at Tulsa, Marion is among the top two candidates in the running for the job. Sources tell Horns247 that Marion interviewed for the job on Wednesday and is competing with the former Tulsa graduate JJ Keane to rule his alma mater.

Sources told Horns247 that the opportunity for Marion to become a college head coach at his alma mater was something he would not want to pass up if he was hired in Tulsa.

Marion just completed his first regular season coaching the Longhorns’ receivers group after joining Steve Sarkisian’s staff at the end of 2021 and taking over as the former receivers coach Andre Coleman.

Marion hit the ground running after joining Sarkisian’s staff and has been a valuable resource in both receiver development and the recruiting trail.

Marion rose through the ranks as an assistant after introducing his unconventional “Go-Go Offense,” which combines up-tempo with three-option run concepts, while Marion served as the offensive coordinator at Howard (2017-18) and William & Mary (2019 ).

Marion’s Go-Go Offense, which helped Howard to a 7-4 record in 2017 after winning just three games the previous two seasons, features a dual-threat quarterback in the shotgun with two backs lined up on either side of the quarterback. Pace, unbalanced looks and three-option run concepts create matchup problems for defenses and have been studied and modeled by the likes of USC Lincoln Riley and Arizona Kliff Kingsbury.

In 2020, Marion worked as the receivers coach at Hawaii Todd Grahamwho coached Marion at Tulsa when Marion was a two-time All-Conference USA receiver in 2007-08 and led the nation in yards per catch (31.7) in 2007.

Marion, who also coached the defensive backs and running backs at previous stops, joined Pat NarduzziPitt staff as the 2021 admissions coach. He has one season with Marion, a former Pitt wide receiver Jordan Addison (6-0, 175) had a huge sophomore season that included 93 catches for 1,479 yards and 17 touchdowns.

Addison beat Alabama Jameson Williams and Purdue David Bell to become Pitt’s third Biletnikoff Award winner, joining Larry Fitzgerald (2003) and Antonio Bryant (2000) before he transferred to USC to play as a first-year head coach Lincoln Riley.

Marion began his coaching career at the high school level after a series of knee injuries ended his hopes of being a receiver in the NFL. Marion coached receivers at West Valley College in Saratoga, California in 2011 before joining Graham at Arizona State in 2015 as the quality control coach.

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He became the running backs coach at Oklahoma Baptist in 2016 before joining former Virginia coach Mike London at Howard as the offensive coordinator in 2017.

At Howard, Marion introduced its Go-Go offense and was part of one of the biggest upsets in recent college football history when Howard, a 45-point underdog, beat UNLV in 2017.

With Cam Newton’s younger brother Camilin at quarterback, Howard, who had won three games the previous two seasons, racked up 449 yards of total offense (309 on the ground) in a 43-40 rout of UNLV.

Mike Roach contributed to this story.

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