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UGA’s Searels In Austin To Interview With Texas

Georgia offensive line coach Stacy Searels and his wife are in Austin, Texas tonight to interview with Mack Brown regarding the same position on the Longhorns staff.

Searels is a Georgia native and has coached with the Dawgs since 2007.  His O-line drew criticism in 2010 (like most other areas of Georgia’s team). — the Rivals site covering Georgia — caught up with Searels as he boarded a plane from Athens this afternoon.

“You guys know I don’t talk to the media,” Searels said.  When asked if he had accepted the Texas job, Searels said, “No comment.”

Brown and Texas have already raided the SEC this year for defensive coordinator Manny Diaz (from Mississippi State) and strength coach Bennie Wylie (from Tennessee).

Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis was believed to be a candidate for the Texas O-line spot as well.

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Grimes To Stay At Auburn After Texas Interview

Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes will be staying on The Plains and not heading to Texas.  Grimes interviewed with Mack Brown last week, but decided to stay at AU.  Gene Chizik says he expects to have the same coaching staff in 2011 that the led in 2010.

According to — the Rivals site that covers Texas — the Longhorns search is still ongoing.  If that’s the case, then Grimes truly pulled his name out of the running.  That or he and Brown really didn’t hit it off.  Usually when coach walks away from a school after an interview it’s because someone else is about to land the job.

For Auburn, this is a coup.  The Tigers — at least for now — look like they’ll hang on to all of their coaches.  Stock in Grimes and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn is currently at its zenith.  And 2011 figures to be a step back for the Tigers who lose Cam Newton, four O-lineman and many members of their BCS champion defense.  In other words, the time to move is now. 

But no one’s moving. 

That tells us Auburn is making life pretty good for these guys.  It also tells us that they completely believe in Chizik’s plans for the future.

It might tell us one other thing — that folks on The Plains aren’t expecting the NCAA to ever come up with any evidence of wrongdoing.  No rats are jumping ship.  As far as AU’s coaches are concerned, it looks like they believe all the rumors about Newton bombshells yet to detonate are just that — rumors.

Either way, it’s great news for Auburn.  Losing players is bad enough.  Losing coaches would have made matters worse.

Sidenote — once again tosses out the name of Arkansas’ offensive line coach Chris Klenakis in association with the Texas job.  Georgia’s Stacy Searels of Georgia is also mentioned as a possibility in Austin.

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Hogs’ Klenakis In Line For Texas Job?

It appears that Mack Brown has decided to scare the wits out of every program in the SEC this offseason.  Maybe he’s upset that Will Muschamp left for the league and he’s trying to exact revenge.

Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis is believed to be one of five finalists for the same position on Texas’ staff.  Klenakis just finished his first season in Fayetteville after spending six seasons as the offensive coordinator at Nevada.

Arkansas was the only school in the country to have a 3,700-yard passer and an 1,100-yard rusher.

Texas has already hired Bo Davis from Alabama as its new defensive tackles coach and Bennie Wylie from Tennessee as its new strength and conditioning coach.

Tennessee defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox and Florida defensive coordinator Teryl Austin were also believed to have been on Brown’s list of potential job candidates at one point or another.

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