Report: Haverty joins Longhorns’ staff

Published 11:49 pm Saturday, January 7, 2017

Lamar defensive coordinator Trey Haverty has apparently found a new home in Austin.

A reporter for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal tweeted Saturday afternoon that Haverty, who was previously an assistant at Texas Tech, has been hired as quality control analyst for coordinator Todd Orlando at Texas. According to the tweet, Haverty took the job Thursday and begins work Monday.

A cover image on Haverty’s Twitter account contains a panoramic view of Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium with a graphic in burnt orange reading: “Hook ‘em Horns.” Haverty’s personal info on his Twitter page lists his residence as “Austin, TX” and reads “University of Texas” in his description, but he did not post anything about his reported hire.

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Texas, which hired Tom Herman to replace the fired Charlie Strong as head coach in November, did not release a statement on the hiring. Lamar has not made an announcement on any coaching changes since it hired Mike Schultz as head coach last month.

Asked Friday night about any changes via text, Schultz replied that he wasn’t “ready to release names.”

Haverty was hired at Lamar last Jan. 26 after serving as safeties and linebackers coach for three seasons at Texas Tech, where he was an All-America wide receiver. He changed Lamar’s defensive scheme from a three-man front to a 4-2-5, but the move did not bring many sterling results. Opponents outscored Lamar 30.5-20.9 on average while the Cardinals gave up 419.3 yards per game and allowed 42 offensive touchdowns (29 rushing).

Lamar finished 3-8, its worst record since restarting the football program in 2010, resulting in the firing of head coach Ray Woodard. But senior cornerback Brendan Langley, who led the Southland with six interceptions, earned American Football Coaches Association FCS All-America status and a spot in the upcoming NFL Combine.

Analysts on football staffs are typically not considered full-time assistants and do not interact with players, but they are charged with providing the assistants with statistical and schematic information.

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