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Texas A&M hires Oklahoma State's Josh Henson to coach offensive line

February 8, 2019
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When news of Jim Turner's exit began to leak out of Cincinnati prior to National Signing Day, I stated that Aggie head coach Jimbo Fisher would waste very little time in finding and hiring a replacement. Things played out as expected (and fittingly) with Fisher doing what he did so many times during the 2019 recruiting cycle.

Jimbo was able to land the first coach he targeted, venturing north of the Red River and grabbing an old friend and assistant in Josh Henson. The former Oklahoma State offensive lineman began his career working for Les Miles in Stillwater before moving on to LSU, where he spent one season under Fisher as the Tiger tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. After two seasons on the job managing the Bayou Bengals recruiting efforts (which produced a pair of top-10 classes), Henson was on staff when the Tigers won the 2008 national title.

From there, Henson found his way to the Big 12 and eventually the SEC East, where he was the Missouri Co-Offensive Line coach from '09-'12 before ascending to serve as Gary Pinkel's Offensive Coordinator/OL coach from 2013-2015. During that time, Henson was the play-caller for consecutive SEC East title-winning squads, guiding a pair of very high-powered, explosive Tiger offenses that got it done through the air and on the ground. I know most of us have blocked the games out, but both of those Mizzou teams beat A&M, including running for nearly 350 yards while amassing just under 600 total at Kyle Field. When Pinkel stepped down in Columbia, Henson found his way back to Stillwater, where he served as an analyst for Mike Gundy before taking over the Cowboy offensive line in 2017 and last season.

Henson has drawn pretty high praise from more than one of the college football coaches without A&M ties that I've spoken with.

Considered one of the better recruiters in the country as far as OL assistants go, Henson has drawn pretty high praise from more than one of the college football coaches without A&M ties that I've spoken with over the past 24-48 hours. He's very well respected for his in-game prowess, and as an Xs and Os teacher and recruiter. Ironically enough, he'll walk onto campus and find a couple of former OSU commits in his meeting room in Ryan McCollum and starting tackle Dan Moore.

I think it's pretty clear how highly Jimbo Fisher regards his most recent hire considering how quickly he moved on the man who once sat in on his staff meetings in Baton Rouge. Sure, there are two or three guys in the country who are unattainable and locked into wherever they're at (folks like UGA's Sam Pittman, the highest-paid OL assistant in college football), but the fact of the matter is that Fisher could have gone out and pursued just about anyone he wanted (including a couple of NFL assistants who were very interested in the job), but he identified his man in very short order.

Fisher was able to land a guy with extensive SEC experience, someone who has recruited in Texas for years and an assistant who was a high-level coordinator and play-caller. In other words, this hire checks all of the boxes and has folks inside of Bright pretty excited. An important hire with what the Ags bring back up in the trenches and with what's out there in the Lone Star State in terms of high school talent from the 2020 and 2021 ranks.

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Texas A&M hires Oklahoma State's Josh Henson to coach offensive line

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David Kreps said:

HossAg said:

DUman08 said:

Not sure I am 100% behind this hire. I just hope Jimbo did his due diligence.


Respectfully, you don't know wtf to look for in assistant coaches like these. Jimbo didn't half ass this just to get it over with.
dont respond that way


Why? The comment he made it in response to was one of the dumber I've read on TexAgs....and that's saying something.
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DallasAg 94 said:

USA Today stats from '16-17 indicate Okie St is bringing in $92M, which is 40th.

Behind Sips, Sooners, West Va and Kansas.

Jimbo is very likely to stream through some assistant coaches.
yes, we have to get used to this as the new normal. We pay top dollar plus we have a very desirable head coach to develop a career under- so we are getting very desirable guys for their respective job. Guys will put in their time and then try to parlay it to NFL or college gig with more responsibility. Comes with the territory.
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Yelnick McWawa said:

David Kreps said:

HossAg said:

DUman08 said:

Not sure I am 100% behind this hire. I just hope Jimbo did his due diligence.


Respectfully, you don't know wtf to look for in assistant coaches like these. Jimbo didn't half ass this just to get it over with.
dont respond that way


Why? The comment he made it in response to was one of the dumber I've read on TexAgs....and that's saying something.


Irony is ironic.
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huh? what are you on about now?
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Lateralus Ag said:

HumpitPuryear said:

Hard to recruit quality linemen to the B12 and it's a pass-happy league. It shouldn't surprise anyone that OSU doesn't rank well in OL stats. He's apparently a pretty good recruiter and Xs and Os schemer. I'm going to support our $75M coach's opinion on this one.


He had poor run yardage results while at Missouri as their OL coach. Some of that could have been scheme.




Ya think?
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Lateralus Ag said:

HossAg said:

aeon-ag said:

HossAg said:

DUman08 said:

Not sure I am 100% behind this hire. I just hope Jimbo did his due diligence.


Respectfully, you don't know wtf to look for in assistant coaches like these. Jimbo didn't half ass this just to get it over with.
Looks like we have two coaching authorities here. I hope both of you advised Fisher of your expertise!


Where did I claim to have any expertise on the matter?


This is a common argument when someone holds a less than favorable opinion of a coach or his decisions.

It was thrown at me all the time during the Sumlin era. Turns out I was right. No one ever apologized for calling me all manner of nasty names though.




How many fan bases love the last coach? Very few do. So to be a negative Nancy about the current coach then puff your chest out years later with "I told you so" is about as amateur as it gets.
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C Loves L said:

Lateralus Ag said:

HossAg said:

aeon-ag said:

HossAg said:

DUman08 said:

Not sure I am 100% behind this hire. I just hope Jimbo did his due diligence.


Respectfully, you don't know wtf to look for in assistant coaches like these. Jimbo didn't half ass this just to get it over with.
Looks like we have two coaching authorities here. I hope both of you advised Fisher of your expertise!


Where did I claim to have any expertise on the matter?


This is a common argument when someone holds a less than favorable opinion of a coach or his decisions.

It was thrown at me all the time during the Sumlin era. Turns out I was right. No one ever apologized for calling me all manner of nasty names though.




How many fan bases love the last coach? Very few do. So to be a negative Nancy about the current coach then puff your chest out years later with "I told you so" is about as amateur as it gets.


The point is I was right about Sumlin all along. I am not puffing my chest out. I am pointing out the lack of objectivity you mouthbreathers display on a regular basis.

The difference is subtle, I know.
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There was a lot of criticism of Sumlin, and a lot of people who wanted A&M's first black head football coach to have a long and glorious career...the switch to beat-LSU-this-time-or-you-are-gone happened after the UCLA debacle and had nothing to do with any Lateral postings.
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Lateralus Ag said:

C Loves L said:

Lateralus Ag said:

HossAg said:

aeon-ag said:

HossAg said:

DUman08 said:

Not sure I am 100% behind this hire. I just hope Jimbo did his due diligence.


Respectfully, you don't know wtf to look for in assistant coaches like these. Jimbo didn't half ass this just to get it over with.
Looks like we have two coaching authorities here. I hope both of you advised Fisher of your expertise!


Where did I claim to have any expertise on the matter?


This is a common argument when someone holds a less than favorable opinion of a coach or his decisions.

It was thrown at me all the time during the Sumlin era. Turns out I was right. No one ever apologized for calling me all manner of nasty names though.




How many fan bases love the last coach? Very few do. So to be a negative Nancy about the current coach then puff your chest out years later with "I told you so" is about as amateur as it gets.


The point is I was right about Sumlin all along. I am not puffing my chest out. I am pointing out the lack of objectivity you mouthbreathers display on a regular basis.

The difference is subtle, I know.


Nothing you've said about Sumlin is correct. You've stated your opinion about him, that's all.

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Agsuffering@bulaw said:

Quote:

"...Craig is the name OC?" Is anyone else confused by this statement?

"Titular" or "Nominal" would have been more precise. You still should have figured it out.
Nope! I still have no idea what "Craig is the name, titular, or nominal OC" means.
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C Loves L said:

Lateralus Ag said:

C Loves L said:

Lateralus Ag said:

HossAg said:

aeon-ag said:

HossAg said:

DUman08 said:

Not sure I am 100% behind this hire. I just hope Jimbo did his due diligence.


Respectfully, you don't know wtf to look for in assistant coaches like these. Jimbo didn't half ass this just to get it over with.
Looks like we have two coaching authorities here. I hope both of you advised Fisher of your expertise!


Where did I claim to have any expertise on the matter?


This is a common argument when someone holds a less than favorable opinion of a coach or his decisions.

It was thrown at me all the time during the Sumlin era. Turns out I was right. No one ever apologized for calling me all manner of nasty names though.




How many fan bases love the last coach? Very few do. So to be a negative Nancy about the current coach then puff your chest out years later with "I told you so" is about as amateur as it gets.


The point is I was right about Sumlin all along. I am not puffing my chest out. I am pointing out the lack of objectivity you mouthbreathers display on a regular basis.

The difference is subtle, I know.


Nothing you've said about Sumlin is correct. You've stated your opinion about him, that's all.




You're trying too hard.
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Rongagin71 said:

There was a lot of criticism of Sumlin, and a lot of people who wanted A&M's first black head football coach to have a long and glorious career...the switch to beat-LSU-this-time-or-you-are-gone happened after the UCLA debacle and had nothing to do with any Lateral postings.


Wow. I never claimed to have anything to do with his firing.

And what does him being African American have to do with the fact that he is a less than great Head Football Coach?

You guys sure do throw a fit when I am right.
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Troll fight troll fight!!!
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O/l also pass block. We could use some improvement there.
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Lateralus Ag said:

Rongagin71 said:

There was a lot of criticism of Sumlin, and a lot of people who wanted A&M's first black head football coach to have a long and glorious career...the switch to beat-LSU-this-time-or-you-are-gone happened after the UCLA debacle and had nothing to do with any Lateral postings.


Wow. I never claimed to have anything to do with his firing.

And what does him being African American have to do with the fact that he is a less than great Head Football Coach?

You guys sure do throw a fit when I am right.
This guy never said you were not "right", I said it didn"t matter what you said.
You post too much.
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Rongagin71 said:

Lateralus Ag said:

Rongagin71 said:

There was a lot of criticism of Sumlin, and a lot of people who wanted A&M's first black head football coach to have a long and glorious career...the switch to beat-LSU-this-time-or-you-are-gone happened after the UCLA debacle and had nothing to do with any Lateral postings.


Wow. I never claimed to have anything to do with his firing.

And what does him being African American have to do with the fact that he is a less than great Head Football Coach?

You guys sure do throw a fit when I am right.
This guy never said you were not "right", I said it didn"t matter what you said.
You post too much.


You're "rongagin"
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Lateralus Ag said:

Rongagin71 said:

Lateralus Ag said:

Rongagin71 said:

There was a lot of criticism of Sumlin, and a lot of people who wanted A&M's first black head football coach to have a long and glorious career...the switch to beat-LSU-this-time-or-you-are-gone happened after the UCLA debacle and had nothing to do with any Lateral postings.


Wow. I never claimed to have anything to do with his firing.

And what does him being African American have to do with the fact that he is a less than great Head Football Coach?

You guys sure do throw a fit when I am right.
This guy never said you were not "right", I said it didn"t matter what you said.
You post too much.


You're "rongagin"


Well played!
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Lateralus Ag said:

Rongagin71 said:

There was a lot of criticism of Sumlin, and a lot of people who wanted A&M's first black head football coach to have a long and glorious career...the switch to beat-LSU-this-time-or-you-are-gone happened after the UCLA debacle and had nothing to do with any Lateral postings.


Wow. I never claimed to have anything to do with his firing.

And what does him being African American have to do with the fact that he is a less than great Head Football Coach?

You guys sure do throw a fit when I am right.


You were right?
 
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