Duane Akina, Texas Assistant, Headed Back to Arizona
Longtime defensive backs coach and associate head coach Duane Akina has decided to leave the staff and return to Arizona, a place where he spent 14 seasons in the same role.
The parting of ways seems to have been a mutual decision that was imminent once Manny Diaz replaced Will Muschamp as defensive coordinator earlier this month. This could create a problem for the Longhorns in recruiting because Akina had played a prominent role in recruiting several of their top defensive prospects.
But apparently Akina was ready for a change after 10 seasons on the Longhorns' staff, where he served as defensive coordinator from 2004-07. He joins Mike Stoops' staff and replaces the departed Greg Brown as the Wildcats' secondary coach.
Akina had been part of the Arizona staff from 1987-2000 under Dick Tomey before moving on to Texas. Akina, 54, will likely take a pay cut to join the Arizona staff. He made $299,000 this past year at Texas, while Brown made just $230,000 prior to moving on to Colorado this offseason.