Gilbert was expected to leave Tulsa to become the Longhorns' new offensive coordinator, according to multiple reports Thursday, but ended up declining the offer.
Texas coach Charlie Strong is looking to reboot the Longhorns' offense heading into his third season in Austin. He stripped offensive coordinators Shawn Watson and Joe Wickline of their play-calling duties after one game this season. Receivers coach Jay Norvell called plays for the final 11 games of Texas' 5-7 season.
Strong also pursued TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie for the offensive coordinator job, but Cumbie announced Wednesday that he had elected to stay with the Horned Frogs. Cal offensive coordinator Tony Franklin reportedly has been in the mix as a candidate as well.
ESPN.com's Max Olson and ESPN's Joe Schad contributed to this report.