Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian opened up about the ups and downs of his first season leading the program earlier this week, during the Texas Fight Tour’s first leg.
“We had eight months and if you really, really want to critique a program, you have to look at that program from A to Z,” Sarkisian said, according to 247Sports. “Where I failed, quite frankly, in our program, is I failed at connecting with our team and our team connecting with one another at this time last year. Why and how did that happen? We were in the north end zone. I was on the seventh floor, up in a cubicle. Our players were down in the visiting locker room. We would meet as a team on the eighth floor of the concourse in the north end zone where that big bar is. You know where the Tito’s sign is? (Where) the Deep Eddy sign is? That was right behind me with a pop-up screen and our players were in card table chairs. Then, the position coaches met with their players in the suites on the eighth floor. We didn’t have a natural place to really connect with our players and I failed in that spot because I didn’t generate enough opportunity for our team to grow as one. That’s what culture is, right? That’s what we’re talking about and that has to grow organically.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Texas implodes against Baylor, but has bigger goals in play
Dallas Morning News: Five reasons for optimism heading into next Texas football season
247Sports: Morning Brew: Sarkisian’s philosophical shift on defense for 2022 and much more
247Sports: Where Steve Sarkisian says he failed in his first season as Texas head coach
247Sports: The HUDdle: A couple notes to start the week
247Sports: The Brew: New NIL guidelines are coming, but who and how will they be enforced?
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Inside Texas: Tuesday: Steve Sarkisian on tour
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ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
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247Sports: Arch Manning talks top schools and previews senior season
247Sports: What’s next for Texas at quarterback in 2024?
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- Texas baseball takes on Texas Southern tonight at 6:30pm.