Report: Texas to hire Jay Valai as DBs coach; Jason Washington let go
The Texas Longhorns continue to make numerous changes to their coaching staff.
Tom Herman’s squad disappointed with an 8-5 record this season, leading to big changes. Defensive coordinator Todd Orlando was let go, while offensive coordinator Tim Beck was demoted and replaced by Mike Yurcich. Former Rutgers head coach Chris Ash is the new defensive coordinator and is making some changes.
Ash is bringing in his Rutgers cornerbacks coach Jay Valai to Texas’ staff and not retaining Jason Washington. The news was first reported by OrangeBloods’ Anwar Richardson.
Texas defensive backs coach Jason Washington will not be retained for the 2020 season, according to my sources. Rutgers cornerbacks coach Jay Valai is the leading candidate to replace Washington.
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) January 10, 2020
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported the same.
Source: #Texas is expected to hire Jay Valai as cornerbacks coach. Valai held the same spot under new Texas DC Chris Ash at Rutgers. He also coached with the KC Chiefs and Georgia. Valai grew up near Dallas and brings a strong reputation in recruiting and player development.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) January 10, 2020
Ash conducted interviews with the incumbent defensive coaches on staff during the week and made changes he found appropriate, including also letting safeties coach Craig Naivar go.
Washington had been part of Tom Herman’s coaching staff the last five seasons, going back to their time together at Houston before Texas.