Jay Norvell, fired from Oklahoma, becomes new Texas WR coach

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WACO, TX- NOVEMBER 20: Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell of the Oklahoma Sooners talks to players during their victory over the Baylor Bears on November 20, 2010 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Oklahoma/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jay Norvell
WACO, TX- NOVEMBER 20: Wide receivers coach Jay Norvell of the Oklahoma Sooners talks to players during their victory over the Baylor Bears on November 20, 2010 at Floyd Casey Stadium in Waco, Texas. (Photo by Jackson Laizure/Oklahoma/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jay Norvell

Former Oklahoma offensive coordinator Jay Norvell has landed on the other side of the Red River Rivalry with the University of Texas, adding another layer to an already intense rivalry between the Sooners and the Longhorns.

Norvell spent seven seasons with the Sooners, including four as co-offensive coordinator, before being let go earlier this month. He will serve as the Longhorns new wide receivers coach.

"Jay is a guy that has always had an outstanding reputation, and when I had a chance to talk to him, what impressed me the most was his energy, passion and drive to be successful," Texas coach Charlie Strong said in a statement. "The thing you see and everyone talks about with him is that he's a great teacher, very detailed and organized, and he really develops his players. He's coached so many great players, gets the most out of his guys, and they really like playing for him.

"He brings a lot to our staff, is very familiar with the Big 12 and has experience recruiting in Texas. We're really excited he's joining us."

Norvell takes over for Les Koenning, who was fired after one season. The Longhorns struggled in passing offense where they averaged just 212.5 yards per game and ranked 95th in offensive passing efficiency. The Longhorns did have a 1,000-yard receiver in John Harris, but he's gone and so is receiver Jaxon Shipley, who was second on the team with 577 yards.

Prior to his time at Oklahoma, Norvell coached at UCLA, Nebraska, Iowa State and Wisconsin.

"The first thing that really drew me to this opportunity was the chance to work with Charlie Strong," Norvell said in a statement. "I've followed his career for a long time, and after sitting down and talking to him, seeing his vision for the program, the recruiting philosophy, his values, every area of the team, I was totally impressed. Our visit convinced me I wanted to be a part of that championship vision at Texas."

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