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Big 12 to crack down on ‘Horns Down,’ other taunts

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The Big 12 is planning to crack down on taunting this season, and that means we could see a lot less of the “Horns Down” symbol during games.

Big 12 coordinator of officials Greg Burks essentially told reporters at Big 12 media days on Thursday that there will be more flags thrown for unsportsmanlike in the conference this season. When asked specifically about the “Horns Down” gesture, Burks made it clear that players won’t be allowed to flash it to opponents.

“Lemme put it this way: If you do a Horns Down to a Texas player as an opponent, that’s probably going to be a foul,” Burks said, via ESPN’s David Wilson.

Ultimately, it will be up to the officials to determine whether a “Horns Down” gesture constitutes unsportsmanlike conduct. Burks said a player might not be flagged if the symbol is flashed toward the crowd.

“Please all of you note, I said ‘probably,'” Burks added. “We have to consider intent and consider the situation. We’ll leave it to officials.”

Whether or not the “Horns Down” gesture should be allowed has been a topic of debate for years. It’s a popular way for people to mock Texas and their “Horns Up” gesture, and most would agree that it’s harmless. However, players have been flagged for using it in games before.

Baker Mayfield, a former Oklahoma star, made it clear a while back how he feels about outlawing the “Horns Down” gesture. We’re guessing even some Texas fans aren’t bothered by it.

Texas lands former Alabama RB Keilan Robinson as transfer

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The Texas Longhorns have made a nice addition to their team.

Running back Keilan Robinson announced on Sunday that he is transferring from Alabama to Texas:

Robinson rushed 39 times for 254 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman for the Tide in 2019. He opted out of last season.

Robinson is following his former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian, who left Alabama to become the head coach at Texas. Sark has done well on the recruiting trail. The question is whether he will be able to turn that into wins.

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Texas LB Jake Ehlinger found dead near campus

Jake Ehlinger

Texas linebacker Jake Ehlinger was found dead near the school’s campus on Thursday, according to Austin police.

Officers responded to a call on Thursday afternoon and found Ehlinger dead in the 1200 block of West 22nd Street, according to Brian Davis of Hookem. While few details were released, police said they did not consider the death suspicious. No cause of death was announced.

Ehlinger is the younger brother of former Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger, who was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft on Saturday by the Indianapolis Colts. Jake Ehlinger was accidentally shown on NFL Network’s draft coverage, which Sam laughed about during an availability with reporters.

Jake Ehlinger spent the last two seasons as a backup linebacker for the Longhorns. He committed to Texas as a two-star prospect, and had yet to appear in any games for the team.

Photo: @jehlinger2/Twitter

Report: Arch Manning planning to visit Texas in June

Arch Manning

Steve Sarkisian has already had some success stories in recruiting since taking over for Tom Herman, and the momentum continues to roll.

Horns 247 reporter Nick Harris reported on Wednesday that 2023 quarterback prospect Arch Manning has plans to visit Texas in June.

Manning is only a sophomore and isn’t eligible yet for official visits, so this would be an unofficial visit. He is the top-rated quarterback in the 2023 class.

Manning is the son of Cooper Manning, a former Ole Miss wide receiver. His grandfather, Archie, was a star at Ole Miss and later the Saints. His uncles Peyton and Eli both won two Super Bowls in the NFL and starred in the SEC in college (Peyton went to Tennessee, while Eli went to Ole Miss).

Arch has plenty of athletic pedigree, but he does not have immediate ties to Texas. However, Cooper reportedly is trying not to pressure his son regarding the decision, which could leave Arch open to venture outside the family’s college ties. Arch reportedly liked Sarkisian at Alabama, and the relationship carried over to Texas. Arch also reportedly has received pressure to consider LSU.

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Steve Sarkisian, Texas land commitment from 2023 No. 1 running back

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Steve Sarkisian and the Texas Longhorns have secured their first commitment for the Class of 2023.

Rueben Owens, who is in his sophomore year at El Campo High School in Texas, announced on Thursday that he has committed to the Longhorns. Owens said that part of his decision is attributed to how well he believes he fits in with Sark’s offense.

247 Sports ranks Owens as the No. 26 player nationally, No. 2 running back, and No. 1 player in Texas for 2023. Owens had 1,511 yards and 22 rushing touchdowns last season.

Securing a commitment from a player of his level could make it easier for more recruits to follow in the 2023 class. The Owens news comes just two weeks after Sark secured a commitment from a top 2022 quarterback.

Sark is off to a great start in recruiting. Now it’s up to him to win in the fall in order to convince the recruits to stick to their commitments.

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Texas AD aiming for 100 percent fan capacity at football games in fall

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The Texas Longhorns were limited to a 25 percent fan capacity at home games in Austin last football season, but they’re aiming for 100 percent this fall.

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte tweeted in response to a fan inquiry on Wednesday. The fan asked whether Texas was planning on 100 percent fan capacity for football games in the fall, assuming the majority of the country is vaccinated by then.

Del Conte said that was the plan.

The fall is several months away, and so much could happen by then. But it wouldn’t be a stretch to say most people would love to have COVID-19 under containment to the extent that 100 percent fan capacity were possible. Already this year we’re seeing more and more sports venues open up to limited fan attendance.

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Steve Sarkisian Texas contract terms revealed

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The contracts of new head coach Steve Sarkisian and his assistants have been forwarded to the University of Texas’ Board of Regents for final approval, meaning we now know how much the school will be paying them in 2021.

Sarkisian is getting a huge payday to make the move to Texas. According to Zach Barnett of Football Scoop, Sarkisian will earn $34.2 million over his six-year deal, with the annual salary starting at $5.2 million in 2021 and rising by $200,000 yearly. That annual salary is lower than what predecessor Tom Herman was making, but the overall value of Sarkisian’s deal is higher, representing the richest contract in school history.

The same is true of Sarkisian’s assistants. Combined, Sarkisian and his top assistants will receive just over $13 million in 2021, a greater sum than Herman and his staff netted in 2020.

With figures like that, it’s pretty easy to see why Sarkisian was so eager to take the job. That said, expectations are high at Texas, and the university and its fans will want a big return on their investment.

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Texas lands commitment from 5-star QB recruit Maalik Murphy

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Steve Sarkisian’s attempt to rebuild Texas football is off to a good start on the recruiting trail.

Gardena (Calif.) Serra quarterback Maalik Murphy announced his commitment to the Longhorns on Saturday, sealing a major recruiting coup for Sarkisian’s program. Murphy is rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback and No. 30 recruit overall in 247Sports’ composite ranking of the 2022 recruiting class.

Murphy credited Sarkisian as a big reason behind his decision to commit to Texas.

“I think he’s the perfect coach to prepare me for the next level,” Murphy said of Sarkisian, via Greg Biggins of 247Sports. “He’s a Cali guy and someone I’m really comfortable with. I look at what he’s done in the past and how he develops quarterbacks and I think he can help me reach my goals, which are to play in the NFL. I love his offense and think I fit in really well with what he wants to do scheme wise.”

The Longhorns now have the seventh-ranked recruiting class for 2022, so Sarkisian will be bringing in plenty of highly-rated talent. It’s certainly a more optimistic outlook than the one Sarkisian’s predecessor offered upon taking over four years ago.

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Steve Sarkisian announces final hire of his new Texas coaching staff

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Steve Sarkisian was only recently announced as Texas’ new head football coach, and he has already filled out his staff.

Sark officially announced on Thursday the hiring of Jeff Choate. Choate, who was Montana State’s head coach, will be the co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.

Choate called the decision to leave for Texas a “slam dunk.”

The 50-year-old was a linebacker in college and coached Montana State from 2016-2020. He led the team to the FCS semifinals in 2019.

News of his hiring was reported last week but was not made official until Thursday.

In addition to Choate, Texas announced a few more hires. Jason Grooms will be the football chief of staff. Four strength and conditioning staffers were announced as well.

Now it’s full systems go for Sarkisian, who will have to validate Texas’ decision to dump Tom Herman for him. Sarkisian raided Nick Saban’s staff at Alabama in order to fill out his staff in Austin. This marks Sark’s third stop as a college head coach following stints at Washington and USC.

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Steve Sarkisian says he ‘jumped’ to take Texas job

Steve Sarkisian

Steve Sarkisian was recently introduced as the new head coach at Texas, replacing Tom Herman. Sark got the opportunity to coach at Texas following two seasons at Alabama as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator. This opportunity comes over five years after he was fired by USC for alcohol issues during the 2015 season.

Sark was a guest on “Tiki and Tierney” on CBS Sports Radio/CBS Sports Network on Friday and was asked whether he thought he would get another head coaching opportunity. He says he got some offers, but they weren’t for the right opportunity the way the Texas job was.

“When things ended at USC, I didn’t know if I’d get another opportunity,” Sark told hosts Tiki Barber and Brandon Tierney. “So I just went back to work and focus on day-to-day and be the best version of me. It was a couple of years ago when a few opportunities presented themselves to me, I said no that’s not the right one, but I realized I’d probably get another shot. So, when (athletic director) Chris Del Conte called regarding this job at Texas, I jumped at it. You just don’t say no to a place like this, with the national brand, the iconic history and tradition of the place, and obviously the resources and support.”

That’s no surprise. Texas is one of the most prestigious jobs in the country. They have a massive fanbase, winning tradition, and tons of money to throw around. Every resource will be at Sarkisian’s disposal as the 46-year-old tries to prove he can win as a head coach.

This is Sark’s third head coaching job. He is 46-35 overall between his years at Washington and USC. Texas will be expecting much more winning than that.

Sark also doubled down on his stance about players singing “The Eyes of Texas.”

Texas fans! Steve Sarkisian is the new head coach of the Longhorns and promising a high-octane offense. Show some support for the squad with this great All Gas No Brakes shirt. It makes a perfect gift for yourself or a friend. You can buy it here: