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Turner Gill announces wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt is heading for Texas

January 2, 2011


After just one season in Lawrence, Kansas University football coach Turner Gill already is looking to replace one member of the coaching staff he has touted since arriving.

Sunday afternoon, KU announced that wide-receivers coach Darrell Wyatt was leaving Kansas to take the same job at the University of Texas. Wyatt, who also held the title of co-offensive coordinator at KU, also will be UT’s co-recruiting coordinator.

This marks the second time Wyatt has left KU. In 2000, he left Terry Allen’s staff to take a job at Oklahoma State, where he worked under current LSU coach Les Miles. That move was about building his resume and growing as a coach. This one seems to be more about family. Wyatt grew up in Killeen, Texas, and has strong ties to the state, which has helped him become one of the top recruiters in the area.

“Kansas is a great place and has been a special place for me,” Wyatt said in a release Sunday night. “Coach Gill and the staff are outstanding and are building something really special here. The opportunity to be close to home and get back to Texas was too much. It is a great deal for me and my family to be close to home.”

Wyatt said the decision to leave was not an easy one and was not made without a lot of contemplation.

“Turner made it very obvious that he wanted to keep me here,” Wyatt said. “He and the rest of the staff expressed how much we were wanted here, and I really appreciated that.”

Ultimately, though, the mighty Longhorns and comfort of home won out. And now Gill is searching for a receivers coach.

“We appreciate everything Darrell has done for Kansas football,” Gill said. “He is an outstanding coach. This is an opportunity for him to get closer to his family and his wife’s family. We hope the best for the entire Wyatt family.”

Wyatt, 44, has bounced around throughout his 21-year coaching career. In addition to his two stints at KU, Wyatt’s travels have taken him to: Trinity Valley, Sam Houston State, Wyoming, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, the Minnesota Vikings, Arizona and Southern Mississippi.

Briscoe finds the end zone

Former KU wide receiver took another step forward Sunday, scoring the first touchdown of his NFL career during the first half of Tampa Bay’s 23-13 victory against New Orleans.

Briscoe was Tampa Bay’s leading receiver on the day. He finished with 65 yards on four catches, giving him 93 yards and six receptions for the season.

The victory pushed the Buccaneers to 10-6, which put them tied with Green Bay for the sixth and final playoff spot in the NFC. The Packers won the tiebreaker, though, and the Bucs will miss the playoffs. But Briscoe’s strong finish should give him a solid start on the 2011 season.


kusp8 7 years, 4 months ago

Well crap...that's a big loss for KU.

BlackVelvet 7 years, 4 months ago

I guess the article in the ljw about Gill needing to keep him didn't do any good. ratz I thought the ljw would cure everything.

topflight 7 years, 4 months ago

Not a big loss for KU. Darrell Wyatt did nothing for KU under Terry Allen and did nothing for KU under gill. Also, don't say that we are gonna miss his big time recruiting. Again, look at the Terry Allen era. Their claim to fame was all the Texas recruits they got. They were Texas rejects. If they were so good they would have went to Texas, T Tech, Tx A&M. Mike Leach is still available.

hail2oldku 7 years, 4 months ago

What a stupid statement. Just about every recruit from Texas is a UT, OU or aTm reject because that's where those kids want to go. But you can only sign so many to scholarship offers each year so there are some very good players that end up signing elsewhere. Two examples would be Reesing and Daniel. Both would have signed with UT in a heartbeat if they would have been given an opportunity, but that never happened. You have to face it, the scraps from states like TX, CA, FL and OH could form a pretty damn solid football team while you'd be hard pressed to field a full traveling roster made up of kids just from Kansas.

riverdrifter 7 years, 4 months ago

Like I said, if Brown has anything less than a BCS bowl win next year, where is Wyatt then? Looking for a job. The new coach will want his own staff. Anyway, good luck to him. I guess.

Jason Bailey 7 years, 4 months ago

Correction: All Kansas teams (including any with the word "Kansas" in the name) are the farm clubs for their respective leagues. Look at the Royals and Chiefs. Tony Gonzalez and Greinke pop in my head.

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