Steve Sarkisian is now officially the next head coach of the Texas football program.
Following Alabama’s appearance in the 2021 National Championship Game, Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian will join the Texas Longhorns as the new head coach
Sarkisian will coach the Crimson Tide before making his triumphant return to a head-coaching post. It has been a long-time coming for the former USC Trojans head coach, but after re-inventing himself and rehabilitating his coaching image, Sarkisian experienced quite the glow up to landing one of the very best jobs you could ever hope to have in the Power 5.
“On Jan. 4, 2006, I was the USC quarterback coach when we played Texas in that famed national championship game. There has always been something special about Longhorn football, its history and traditions – not just on that day – and I could never have imagined that 15 years later, I would join the Longhorns as their head coach,” said Sarkisian.
“This is a unique and compelling opportunity to lead this storied program to the next level, competing once again amongst the best in college football.”
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) January 2, 2021
Texas hired Steve Sarkisian to bring the Longhorns back
When his predecessor Tom Herman was fired on Saturday, it caught many off-guard almost as much as how quickly Sarkisian was linked to the vacancy. Herman came to Austin four years ago after an incredible two-year run with the Houston Cougars. Though he won a bowl game all four years leading Texas, the Longhorns never won the Big 12 or made the College Football Playoff.
The idea behind hiring Sarkisian is his offensive creativity, his recruiting acumen and his strong coaching connections will help make Texas easily one of the top-two teams in the Big 12 consistently, right up there with the arch-rival Oklahoma Sooners. Simply put, Sarkisian needs to win the Big 12 and make the playoff at least once in the next four years to stay in Austin.
It was not cheap to fire Herman and much of his coaching staff, but this is the price a blue-blood program like Texas has to pay to keep convincing people it is indeed a blue-blood program.
You can tell that Sarkisian is ecstatic to be blessed with such a phenomenal opportunity at Texas.