Report: Ole Miss assistant leaving to join Steve Sarkisian's Texas staff
After spending one season at Ole Miss, Blake Gideon is on the move again. And he’ll be joining another former SEC assistant in the Big 12.
According to Football Scoop’s Zach Barnett, Gideon has been hired to be part of Steve Sarkisian’s staff at Texas. Sarkisian recently was hired by the Longhorns to be their head coach after spending the past two seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.
Barnett reported that Gideon will have a role as a secondary coach and could also have some special teams responsibilities.
Gideon was hired by Ole Miss to be its special teams coordinator last offseason after he had spent one year as the special teams coordinator/nickelbacks coach at Houston. He previously spent time as an assistant at Florida, Auburn, Western Carolina and Georgia State.
It’s not a surprise that Gideon is heading to Texas, as he played for the Longhorns from 2008-11. He was a two-year starter at safety and played under former Texas head coach Mack Brown.
Gideon’s father, Steve, was also a longtime Texas high school football coach.
The move means that Ole Miss will need to find a new special teams coordinator to serve under head coach Lane Kiffin, who just completed his first season with the Rebels. Ole Miss went 5-5 in 2020, ending the campaign with an Outback Bowl victory over Indiana.