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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas coach Charlie Strong has formally announced the addition of offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert from Tulsa and other staff changes as he tries to remake his offense after a 5-7 season.

Strong announced the moves on Saturday.

Strong, Texas President Greg Fenves and Athletic Director Mike Perrin flew to Tulsa on Friday night to woo Gilbert, who will call plays and coach quarterbacks. Gilbert gets a three-year contract worth $850,000 per year.

Texas also hired Tulsa's Matt Mattox as offensive line coach and run-game coordinator. He gets a three-year contract worth $550,000 per year.

Strong has three seasons left on a five-year deal at more than $5 million per year.

The contracts for Gilbert and Mattox are pending approval from the Texas Board of Regents.

Strong also announced that former offensive coordinator Shawn Watson and offensive line coach Joe Wickline were dismissed. Both were been demoted from their play-calling duties after the first game last season.

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