Barry Lunney, Jr., will be the UTSA offensive coordinator, sources told FootballScoop on Tuesday.
Lunney will join the staff of newly-hired head coach Jeff Traylor after the pair worked together at Arkansas. Lunney, a former Razorbacks quarterback, was named the Hogs' interim head coach after Chad Morris's firing in November.
He interviewed for the full-time job that ultimately went to Sam Pittman, and had an opportunity to remain in Fayetteville under a third different head coach.
"[D]uring the three or four weeks that he was our interim coach, had earned the right to officially interview with myself and John for this position," Arkansas AD Hunter Yurachek said Monday. "We did that last week. He did an excellent job. He did nothing but improve and enhance his stock as a potential head coach. But, in the end, I thought that Coach Pittman checked more of the boxes of what I was looking for in our next head coach. As far as him being retained, I know that he and Coach Pittman met this morning. I really think, and Coach even touched on that, it’s probably a question you need to ask Coach Lunney about his tenure here moving forward."
Lunney had been on the Arkansas staff since 2013, dating back to the Bret Bielema era. He was previously the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Bentonville High School in northwest Arkansas for eight seasons, and prior to that spent two seasons as the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at San Jose State.
Lunney will inherit an offense that ranked 112th in yards per play (5.05) and 114th in scoring (20.3 points per game) en route to a 4-8 season under former head coach Frank Wilson.
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