Mike Yurcich has been hired as the offensive coordinator at Texas, becoming the second high-profile assistant to leave Ohio State this month.


Yurcich spent one season as Buckeyes passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach after joining Ryan Day’s inaugural coaching staff last January.


The hire was announced Sunday, one day after Ohio State’s season ended with a loss to Clemson in the College Football Playoff semifinals.


Yurcich will also be the quarterbacks coach for the Longhorns.


"When looking at offensive coordinator positions, Texas is a no-brainer career move," he said in a statement.


His move to Texas had been the subject of much speculation and chatter on fan message boards in the leadup to the Fiesta Bowl.


Two days before the game, Yurcich did little to squash rumors about his possible departure, declining to address his future with the program.


While a native of northeast Ohio, Yurcich previously spent all of his coaching career at the FBS level in the Big 12, including the previous six seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Oklahoma State. Prior to 2013, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Shippensburg, a Division II program.


In his comments in Texas’ announcement, coach Tom Herman cited Yurcich’s familiarity with the conference, as well as his effect on the Buckeyes’ passing game this season.


At Ohio State, Yurcich had a hand in the development of quarterback Justin Fields, who was a Heisman Trophy finalist in his first season as a starter after transferring from Georgia and finished with a 41:3 touchdown-to-interception ratio.


"What impresses me most about him is how he works with and develops players, and the creative ways he utilizes all of his weapons on offense," Herman added.


Yurcich was not, though, among the top offensive play-callers for the Buckeyes, a role primarily held by Day, then offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson.


He will join a staff at Texas that has an Ohio State flavor, led by Herman, a former offensive coordinator for the Buckeyes for three seasons under Urban Meyer, and former defensive coordinator Chris Ash, who was hired in the same role by Herman this month.


The previous departure from Day’s staff this offseason was Jeff Hafley, the defensive co-coordinator and secondary coach, who was hired as Boston College’s coach.


After Texas finished 7-5 this season, Herman demoted offensive coordinator Tim Beck, among other staff changes, including the firing of defensive coordinator Todd Orlando.


The Longhorns play Utah in the Alamo Bowl on New Year’s Eve.


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