PowerMizzou.com and the Columbia Daily Tribune reported on Sunday afternoon that Josh Henson has been named Missouri’s new offensive coordinator.
The 37-year-old Henson, who served on Missouri’s staff during the previous four seasons as the team’s co-offensive line coach, had reportedly been offered the offensive coordinator position at Southern Mississippi earlier in the week but decided to remain at Missouri instead.
Prior to joining Missouri, Henson served as a tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Oklahoma State from 2001 to 2004 and held the same positions for LSU from 2005 to 2008. Henson is the only member of Missouri’s coaching staff to have won a national championship, which he did at LSU in 2007.
Since coming to Columbia in 2009, Henson has coached five All-Big 12 performers on the offensive line – Austin Wuebbels, Tim Barnes, Dan Hoch, Kurtis Gregory and Elvis Fisher. Just as importantly, though, he has used his prior recruiting ties to extend Missouri’s reach further into signature SEC states such as Florida and Georgia.
Henson would replace former Missouri offensive coordinator David Yost, who stepped down on Dec. 3 after 12 years at Missouri. Henson, however, will not be the only coach shifting his role next season, according to PowerMizzou.com and Columbia Daily Tribune reports.
Longtime receivers coach Andy Hill will reportedly coach the quarterbacks in 2013, after serving in his previous role since 1996. Hill also played receiver at Missouri from 1980 to 1984. His reported move would leave a vacancy at the receivers coach position, and Bruce Walker would likely have the sole responsibility of coaching the offensive line.
If the reports are true, both Henson and Hill will likely receive significant raises. According to the university’s salary database, Henson made $221,500 last season in base salary, while Hill made $232,500. Yost, in comparison, made $354,750.
It has yet to be determined how the reported promotion of Henson would affect Missouri’s offense, which averaged only 25.8 points per game last season in its inaugural year in the SEC. Missouri returns starting quarterback James Franklin and wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, and head coach Gary Pinkel is hopeful that injured running back Henry Josey will return as well.
Team spokesman Chad Moller did not respond to the Missourian’s requests for a comment on Sunday afternoon.