Former Wyoming head coach and current Utah offensive coordinator Dave Christensen is set to join the Texas A&M coaching staff as offensive line coach according to several reports.
Christensen served as the Wyoming head coach from 2009 to 2013, were he totaled a 27-35 record overall, leading the Cowboys to two bowl games in five years. Before his stint in Wyoming, Christensen served as Missouri's offensive coordinator under Gary Pinkel for 16 seasons. In 2007, after Missouri scored a school record 558 points and while guiding QB Chase Daniel as a Heisman finalist, Christensen was named a Broyles Award finalist and was named the Offensive Coordinator of the Year by Rivals.com.
Christensen currently severs as Utah's offensive coordinator. This season, Utah's offense ranked 40th in the nation in rush yards, with 190.4 rushing yards per game and a 4.38 average yards per rushing attempt. Overall, Utah's offense averaged 388 yards per game in 2014, and ranked 50th nationally in scoring offense with 31.3 points per game.
Christensen is most fondly remembered by the internet community for his post-game expletive-filled rant on Air Force coach Troy Calhoun.
On Thursday morning, several rumors emerged on various Texas A&M message boards that Christensen would be joining the Texas A&M staff. Later in the afternoon, several Utah sources were able to confirm the addition.
Per sources, Utah OC Dave Christensen is going to Texas A&M as OL coach run game coordinator— FootballScoop Staff (@FootballScoop) December 26, 2014
Dave Christensen is leaving the University of Utah for Texas A&M. This is great news IMHO.— Hans Olsen (@975Hans) December 25, 2014
I can confirm what @975Hans is reporting. A source tells me Dave Christensen is out and likely heading to Texas A&M. #GoUtes— Alex Markham (@AMarkhamRivals) December 25, 2014
Christensen is expected to coach the offensive line, a position vacated by B.J. Anderson. It is possible that Christensen will also carry a co-offensive coordinator/running game coordinator title, but play-calling duties are expected to remain with Jake Spavital.
Christensen's Utes finished 5th in the Pac-12 in rushing yards per game. Christensen will not only bring a more physical mentality to the Texas A&M offensive line, but will also bring experience as a play caller to the offensive coaching staff. Both of these traits were lacking during the 2014 season. With the hiring of Christensen to fix the x's and o's of the Aggie offense, Kevin Sumlin may now fill his last remaining offensive coaching position with a coach more focused on recruiting. Texas A&M has yet to fill an open wide receiver coaching position, left open by the departure of David Beaty to Kansas. So far, only former Oklahoma and Texas assistant Darrell Wyatt's name has been connected to the opening.