Texas secondary coach Duane Akina has accepted a similar position at Arizona, according to a report in the Tucson Citizen and other internet sites. The newspaper cited a source inside the Wildcats’ football program. Texas officials had not confirmed Akina’s departure as of tonight.
Akina joined the Texas staff in 2001 and coached two Jim Thorpe Award winners during his tenure with the Longhorns _ safety Michael Huff and cornerback Aaron Ross. Before joining the Texas staff, Akina spent the 1987-2000 seasons at Arizona.
In addition, Auburn offensive line coach Jeff Grimes _ who interviews for a similar vacancy at Texas last week _ said Sunday that he would remain with the Tigers’ program.
_ Jimmy Burch