Things moved very quickly yesterday regarding the news at Texas. First, Tom Herman was let go, and then word quickly followed that Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was being tabbed as the new leader of the Longhorns.
Word became official just five hours later, and Sark wasted no time meeting his new team via Zoom, while Saban filled in reporters on his end as well, sharing that Sark would remain with the Crimson Tide through their national title quest.
Following that flurry of news yesterday, we shared an early look at what Sark’s staff in Austin may look like.
Since then, we’ve heard from sources that Sark is working to bring a key piece of the Alabama staff with him to Texas.
Holmon Wiggins, who is in his second year as Alabama’s wide receivers coach after a few seasons working under Justin Fuente at Virginia Tech and Memphis, is being targeted by Sarkisian to join his Longhorns offensive staff.
Wiggins has helped develop one of the most lethal receiving corps in college football history, led by Heisman finalist DeVonta Smith. Even after losing one of their top targets in Jaylen Waddle to a season-ending injury earlier this year, under Sark’s direction the Alabama offense has been one of the most explosive in college football history, and Wiggins’ wide receivers are a major part of that. They are also a key reason why quarterback Mac Jones is also a Heisman finalist, while completing over 75% of his passes heading into the national title game.
Smith, who is undoubtedly the focal point of every opposing defense, is still the nation’s leading wide receiver, and is the only guy in the country with over 100 receptions (105), and he also leads the country in receiving touchdowns with 20. The Tide also have John Metchie III who also ranks in the top 50 in receptions (47 total).
Judging from the production of the wide receivers under Wiggins, we would expect this one to excite the Longhorn nation.
Wiggins, a three year starting running back at New Mexico, coached at Illinois State and Tulsa prior to joining Fuente’s staff at Memphis.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.