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3 longtime coaches leave Texas Longhorns

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University of Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis has resigned and two other assistant coaches are leaving after the Longhorns' first losing football season since 1997.

Davis had been under fire all season as the team finished 5-7 and didn't qualify for a bowl. Davis was head or assistant coach at the collegiate level for 38 years. He had been with head coach Mack Brown for 13 seasons at Texas.

"I've had a great 13 years here and enjoyed every minute of it,” Davis said. “I will miss all of the players, coaches and staff, but will always have great memories of the success the players and teams I was a part of were able to achieve at Texas."

In the last decade, the Longhorns averaged 39 points per game under Davis. According to university officials, he produced five Big 12 Offensive Players of the Year including Ricky Williams, Major Applewhite, Vince Young and Colt McCoy.

“It's been a pleasure working with not only all of the great quarterbacks I've been fortunate enough to coach, but all of the terrific young men on both sides of the ball,” Davis said.

Offensive line coach Mac McWhorter and defensive line coach Mike Tolleson are also leaving the program.

McWhorter was named the 2008 Assistant Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. He helped pave the way for the offense’s high rankings in scoring, passing and offense.

"After a long and enjoyable 37 year career in coaching, the last nine at Texas, I have decided to retire," McWhorter said. “I am honored to have been a part of the outstanding success that we have enjoyed at Texas. I will cherish the memories of the national championship that we won in 2005 and playing for another one in 2009.”

University officials said Tolleson helped the team develop a reputation for producing outstanding defensive linemen.

"It's been a great 13 years. I've really enjoyed the relationships that I've built, especially with the players - it's always been about the players - but also with the administration, staff and alums," Tolleson said. "I love Texas, but right now I feel it's time to step away from coaching. Everybody has been great. It's been a wonderful, wonderful experience, and I am so thankful to have had this kind of time here.”

Head coach Mack Brown said the staff is appreciative of what all three men contributed to the team.

"These are three special people who have given a lot of themselves and their families to The University of Texas and its football program," Brown said. “When you look at the last six years, especially - winning a national championship in 2005, finishing No. 3 in 2008 and then being the runner-up after a tough loss to Alabama last year - it's just amazing what they've helped us accomplish.”

Brown said the three always conducted themselves with class, integrity and dignity.

"I want to say thank you and wish them well because they will be missed," Brown said.

McWhorter and Tolleson's retirements and Davis' resignation will be effective August 31, 2011, according to university officials, but a search for their replacements will begin immediately.

This was Brown's first losing season as a head coach since 1989.

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