Mike Gundy could be turning to a quarterback that he used to face in Big 12 play back in his early years. Former Texas Tech quarterback and current North Texas offensive coordinator Graham Harrell is getting buzz for several offensive coordinator jobs including the one just vacated by Mike Yurcich, according to Bruce Feldman.
#NorthTexas OC Graham Harrell is a hot commodity. Last month, he turned down a chance to be the OC at UNC but now #USC & OKState are both showing interest in him for their vacant OC jobs. The 33-yr-old ex NFL QB has helped UNT to Top 25 offenses the past 2 years.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 27, 2019
There were several rumors that Harrell would join Mack Brown’s staff at North Carolina after he was hired but Harrell did not take that position. USC has also shown strong interest after losing another former Texas Tech quarterback at their OC position in Kliff Kingsbury.
The Trojans are reportedly in deep talks with Harrell as of yesterday, according to USC Rivals reporter Adam Maya. Feldman’s tweet is more recent than Maya’s which indicates that Harrell could still be deciding between the two.
North Texas finished in the top 25 in offense in each of the last two seasons under Harrell’s guidance. At just 33-years-old, Harrell is young enough that he could become a potential coach-in-waiting if he did decide to take the job in Stillwater.