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Can Steve Sarkisian Make the Longhorns Big 12 Champs?

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    Tom Herman lasted 4 seasons as the head coach for the Texas Longhorns. He went 32-18, 4-0 in bowl games and 0-1 in the Big 12 Championship.

    Not a terrible record but also far from the success the Longhorns used to enjoy, back in the Mack Brown days. And now they have Steve Sarkisian as the new coach. He was the OC for Alabama. Was with USC before that, and did a stint in the NFL for Atlanta in between.

    I wonder what this does to the Longhorns program long term. They spent very little time finding and naming Herman's replacement, so clearly they have confidence in Sarkisian. Think this makes Texas frontrunners in the Big 12? Or are the still behind Oklahoma, OK State and maybe even Iowa State?

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    From what I've read, the whole dance with keeping or getting rid of Herman and has caused waves. That, paired with stuff like UT leaking to the media that Charlie Strong was getting the axe, means any coach taking that job is on shaky ground as far as job security goes. Which is understandable why they'd go with someone like Sakisian and not one of the more desirable candidates.

    It doesn't look like he'll make a huge impact on bringing back UT's program. His work with the Huskies after Willingham's awful stint was just okay. Then his stint at USC. He was let go during the middle of the second season. The main thing to point out is that both of his successors at UW and USC surpassed his achievements. So that doesn't make it seem like he'll put UT at the top of the Big 12.

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    JFoster Wrote:

    From what I've read, the whole dance with keeping or getting rid of Herman and has caused waves. That, paired with stuff like UT leaking to the media that Charlie Strong was getting the axe, means any coach taking that job is on shaky ground as far as job security goes. Which is understandable why they'd go with someone like Sakisian and not one of the more desirable candidates.

    It doesn't look like he'll make a huge impact on bringing back UT's program. His work with the Huskies after Willingham's awful stint was just okay. Then his stint at USC. He was let go during the middle of the second season. The main thing to point out is that both of his successors at UW and USC surpassed his achievements. So that doesn't make it seem like he'll put UT at the top of the Big 12.

    Agreed, he's sort of a wild card in my opinion. I believe he was let go from USC because he had a drinking problem. I hope he's doing well though, and he makes some good changes to the program.