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Thoughts on the Texas Longhorns replacing Tom Herman with Steve Sarkisian By Allen Kenney

The Texas Longhorns are setting out on a third attempt in less than a decade to reboot their football program. After axing coach Tom Herman on Saturday morning, the school introduced Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as the next head coach charged with bringing the Longhorns back to prominence. A few knee-jerk reactions to the news out of Austin:

*I’ve been of the opinion that as soon as Texas’ courting of Urban Meyer came to light, Herman had to go. The rationale for removing the head coach – i.e., Herman wasn’t cutting it – didn’t change just because Meyer declined. Waiting another season to make a move would mean ticking off the boosters who want a new coach, losing ground on the recruiting trail and risking Herman putting together a campaign in 2021 good enough to warrant keeping him on for 2022.

*Even though I think UT had to make this move, I’d argue the way it played out will be bad for business going forward. To recap, Texas:
    Made eyes at another coach while Herman was still employed;
    Issued a statement days before the early signing period for 2021 that Herman would continue coaching the Longhorns; and
    Continued courting other coaches after clearly giving the impression that Herman would return.
Recall that UT cut the legs out from underneath its last coach by leaking to the media in the middle of Charlie Strong’s third season that he was a dead man walking. Ironically, the objective that time was to signal to Herman not to take another job without checking with the Longhorns first. Any coach who takes a job in that environment will be sleeping with one eye open. It also probably helps explain why UT is hiring a coach with Sark’s profile and not one of the industry’s more coveted candidates.

*Regarding the hire itself, Sark’s tenure at USC, which was derailed by his issues with alcohol abuse, raises justifiable concerns about how he will manage the pressures of a job like Texas. It’s not a matter of whether or not he deserves another chance – I certainly don’t feel qualified to make that call. Honestly, I just don’t know if that is the right kind of situation for someone in his position.

That aside, not much about Sark’s previous experience as a head coach indicates he’s destined to rejuvenate Texas football. Following Tyrone Willingham’s awful stint as Washington’s head coach, Sark elevated the Huskies to not awful. His 34-29 record at UW caught the eye of USC when the Trojans were searching for a replacement for Lane Kiffin. He compiled a 12-6 record at Southern Cal before getting his walking papers in the middle of his second season. It seems worth noting that Sark’s successors – Chris Petersen at UW and Clay Helton at USC – both surpassed his achievements at the two schools.

Has Sark’s time as an assistant with Bama and the Atlanta Falcons changed anything? Guess we will see. The apples have fallen pretty far from Nick Saban’s coaching tree over the years. The Crimson Tide offense was another level of devastating this season under Sark’s management, but it’s not like Bama struggled to put points on the board with coaches such as Mike Locksley and Kiffin on the sticks.

Of course, Sark could go a long way towards ensuring his success by assembling a great coaching staff. Football Scoop is throwing out some big names who could potentially join him in Austin, including ex-UT defensive coordinator Will Muschamp and former Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood.

*Lastly, Texas will probably feel pressured to release its latest crop of recruiting signees from their letters of intent, as Bud Elliott of 247Sports is arguing. You’d think this is a fight UT wouldn’t want to have with any signees who want out. Convincing those players to stay with the program is probably at the top of Sark’s to-do list now. After that, look for him to open a line of communication with 2022 quarterback prospect Quinn Ewers, a one-time Texas commitment.

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    Texas AD Chris Del Conte Shows Weakness in Longhorns Coaching Moves By Matthew Postin

    Texas Longhorns athletic director Chris Del Conte doesn’t look like a visionary for his new head coaching hire. In fact, I think it makes him look weak. This isn’t meant to disrespect the decision he made to fire Tom Herman, or to hire Steve Sarkisian. It’s how he DID it that makes him look weak. Del Conte pursued Urban Meyer. That much is clear. When Meyer opted not to join the Longhorns, Del Conte gave Herman his full support. That, of course, should have been our first hint.

    Herman must have felt somewhat relieved. In fact, after the Longhorns dismantled Colorado in the Alamo Bowl, he must have felt he had bought himself one more year to get Texas headed back in the right direction. I thought the same, too. Turns out Del Conte never stopped looking. What, you think he watched the Rose Bowl Game on Friday afternoon and thought to himself, ‘Boy, that Sarkisian guy? I don’t think I’ve heard of him. Is he available?’ Of course not.

    Del Conte obviously never wanted Herman to remain at Texas beyond 2020. After all, Herman wasn’t his hire and the Longhorns seemed stuck in place. Now, we could have a great debate about patience when it comes to Texas football, but that level of patience doesn’t exist in Austin. Heck, Job would probably be up in arms about Texas not being ‘back’ at this point. And while on Saturday, Longhorns fans were debating the merits of Steve Sarkisian, there was ol’ Mack Brown leading North Carolina into the Orange Bowl.

    Here is why Del Conte, in my opinion, looks weak. If he knew, deep down, that Herman wasn’t the right guy to lead the program, then it was his responsibility to speak up and say it when he knew it. If he knew it a month ago while courting Meyer, that was the time to say it. If he knew it after the Meyer talks fell apart, he should have said it then. If he knew it after the season ended, he should have said it then. But he didn’t. He waited until he had a replacement on the hook. Only THEN did Del Conte do what he felt was necessary all along. And that makes him look weak. Heck, it would make me think twice about working for him if I were a coach.

    Del Conte didn’t want a protracted head-coaching search in public. He didn’t want the controversy. He didn’t want to be embarrassed. Again. That means you’re operating from a position of weakness, and that’s not the position you want if you’re running one of the richest athletic programs in college sports and working for one of the most rabid group of boosters in the game. Remember — these are the guys that THOUGHT they could pry Nick Saban away from Alabama to replace Charlie Strong, just because it was Texas.

    Now, I don’t feel sorry for Tom Herman, and neither should you. He had his chance and he’ll probably be the first to say he didn’t meet his own expectations in Austin. Plus, there’s all that buyout money to keep him warm at night, money that would have been better used to help keep some of the UT athletic employees that were either let go or furloughed due to COVID-19.

    Del Conte did fabulous work as TCU’s athletic director. He helped position that program to compete in the Big 12 Conference, upgrading its facilities and its coaching staffs. He did it by energizing a TCUs fan base that felt left out in the cold after the Southwest Conference broke up and capitalizing on its invitation to the Power 5. Much of the infrastructure in Fort Worth is owed to him. But Del Conte left the chip on his shoulder in Fort Worth, and that’s a problem.

    The Sarkisian hire will define his time on the 40 Acres. If Sarkisian truly brings Texas ‘back,’ then how this all went down will likely evaporate. But, if it doesn’t, then Del Conte will follow Sarkisian out the door in a few years. After all, when you make a hire that makes you look weak, success is your only savior.


    https://www.heartlandcollegesports.com/2021/01/03/texas-ad-chris-del-conte-shows-weakness-in-longhorns-coaching-moves/

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     Posted: Mon Jan 4th, 2021 08:36 pm

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    Thats why it looks REALLY REALLY BAD... He said Herman would be back next year, then sticks a knife in his back after a decent bowl win and says .. Hahaha... just kidding.

    He's an AD .. don't they go to some AD school somewhere to learn Politi-speak. Like Tom is currently the coach, after the season ends we will assess the football team, as we always do.... or some such meaningless bs .. it looks really classless to say he'll be back ... oops not really he's fired .. btw we hired some drunk to replace him.. best of luck Tom!


    Then again, UT has always been a classless Sh**t show my whole life.. so whats new?

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