Could former Horns QB Connor Brewer head back to Texas?

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You know what they say: if you love a quarterback let him transfer to Arizona, and if he comes back he is yours forever.

A four-star recruit out of Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Ariz., Connor Brewer signed with Texas as its quarterback for the 2012 class. He was then-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin‘s hand-picked selection for that class, if you want to know just how far back in ancient history we’re talking.

Brewer redshirted that 2012 season and, seeing the writing on the wall that the Texas quarterback job belonged to David Ash for the 2013 and ’14 seasons and in no way would he ever possibly get hurt, Brewer transferred to nearby Arizona. He sat out the 2013 season and did not see action in 2014 as a pro-style passer in Rich Rodriguez‘s quarterback-run heavy offense.

With Anu Solomon entrenched in Tucson, Brewer is again on the move. He was granted his release on Wednesday and, as a graduate transfer, will have immediate eligibility with two seasons still left to play.

Reached by the Austin American-Statesman on Thursday, Brewer’s father didn’t shut the door to his son’s return to Austin. In fact, he kicked the thing wide open.

There is the question of whether he would be a fit at Texas and if the new regime of Charlie Strong and offensive coordinator Shawn Watson would be interested. Brewer has been beaten out at two different schools, and hasn’t thrown a pass in a competitive situation since 2011. Is that really the guy Strong wants to entrust his critical 2015 season to? And then you remember Texas heads into spring practice with redshirt freshman Jerrod Heard, 2015 commit Zach Gentry on the way and an incumbent in Tyrone Swoopes coming off consecutive losses to TCU and Arkansas in which he completed 33-of-59 passes for 257 yards with two total touchdowns, six turnovers and 17 total points produced. There’s a good chance Strong would consider 1980’s quarterback Robert Brewer if he had any eligibility left. The Longhorns can’t exactly afford to be picky.

Of course, had Brewer never transferred in the first place there’s a greater than zero chance he’s heading into the 2015 season as an entrenched starter with two seasons of experience to his credit. Maybe these two really are meant for each other after all.

Texas State hires Incarnate Word coach Kinne to lead Bobcats

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Texas State hired Incarnate Word coach G.J. Kinne on Friday to lead a Sun Belt program that has had only one winning season since moving up to the Bowl Subdivision in 2012.

The 34-year-old former Tulsa quarterback has made a fast rise in coaching since ending his professional career in 2017.

After three years as an offensive analyst at SMU, Arkansas and the Philadelphia Eagles, Kinne became offensive coordinator at Hawaii in 2020. He held the same role for UCF in 2021 before landing the head coaching job at FCS Incarnate Word this season.

Incarnate Word is 10-1 and averaging 53 points and 8.3 yards per play, both FCS highs, heading into its playoff game Saturday against Furman. Kinne will remain with Incarnate Word through their playoff run.

“It’s with great honor that I’m accepting the call to be next head football coach of the Texas State Bobcats,” Kinne said. “We are going to play fast, have relentless energy, and when the going gets tough, have the mental confidence to win tight games in the second half and represent the state of Texas. Eat ‘Em Up!”

Texas State fired Jake Spavital last week after the Bobcats won just 13 games in his four seasons.

Kinne signed a five-year contract, the school said. Terms were not immediately released.

“My goal was to hire someone with demonstrated leadership experience, success as a head coach, established relationships with Texas football coaches, and success with recruiting and developing players,” said Texas State President Kelly Damphousse. “I sought a leader with a plan to capitalize on our location in the heart of the best high school football in the country.”

Florida Atlantic hires Tom Herman as football coach

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – Former Texas and Houston head coach Tom Herman will take over at Florida Atlantic as it heads into its first season in the American Athletic Conference.

The hire comes just days after FAU fired Willie Taggart, who went 15-18 in his three seasons with the Owls. Details of the contract with Herman were not immediately available.

“We are incredibly excited to welcome Tom Herman to Paradise,” FAU Director of Athletics Brian White said Thursday. “Throughout the process and the more we talked with Coach Herman, the more it became apparent to me that he was the right person to lead our football program. Beyond his knowledge of the game, which is obvious by his success over the years, he also truly cares about the young people in his program.”

FAU’s final season in Conference USA ended with a 5-7 record and an overtime loss to Western Kentucky. The Owls will be in the American next season.

Herman returns to college football after spending the 2021 season with the Chicago Bears as an offensive analyst.

Herman was 22-4 at Houston, a mark that helped him land the head coaching job at Texas where he went 32-18 with four straight bowl trips in 2017-2020. He also was an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Ohio State during the Buckeyes’ 2014 national championship season, as well as stops at Iowa State, Rice and Texas State.

“All the pieces are in place at FAU for us to be successful,” Herman said. “There are already great young men on this team, great facilities, a great location, a great recruiting base and great leadership, all of which are important to building a successful program.”