Texas hires Georgia offensive line coach Searels

ATHENS - Texas has confirmed that it has hired Stacy Searels, who spent the past four seasons as Georgia's offensive line coach.

Searels, a native of Trion who played at Auburn, spent four seasons at Georgia. His first three saw stability and relative success in the running game, but in 2010 the Bulldogs ranked 10th in the SEC in running offense.

"When you're in this profession, you want to coach at the highest level," Searels said in a statement released by Texas. "From afar, I had always been interested in The University of Texas because I thought it was one of the premier jobs in the country. You can win a championship, you have great leadership, great players, a great pool of talent to recruit from, and I think there's no reason you can't win and win big at Texas, and I want to be a part of that."

Searels also said in the statement that it was "difficult" to leave Georgia.

"Everyone at Georgia has been so nice to me, and I'm very appreciative of my time there," he said. "(Head) coach Mark Richt has been outstanding. He's a fine man, and he and his family have been incredible to me and my family. It was great to learn under Coach Richt. The offensive staff with Mike Bobo, Coach (John) Lilly, Coach (Bryan) McClendon and Coach (Tony) Ball are all really great friends, along with the whole staff. We've been through battles together, and it was hard to leave those guys. Georgia is under new leadership with (Athletics Director) Greg McGarity. He's going to do a great job there, and it was an honor to get to know him."