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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

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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.”

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Steve Sarkisian says Texas players will sing ‘Eyes of Texas’

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Steve Sarkisian was introduced to Texas fans on Tuesday, a day after helping Alabama win the national championship.

Sark spoke with reporters and answered questions from the media. He said he hopes that Texas can restart its rivalry with Texas A&M, a rivalry that has not featured games recently. Texas’ AD does not seem to mind that.

But Sark also said that his players will sing “The Eyes of Texas” proudly.

The Eyes of Texas is a subject that became touchy last season. The elimination of the song was on a list of social justice demands sent by some athletes to the school. The university said it was sticking with the song and tradition it represents. Ensuring his players would support and respect the song was likely a condition for Sark being hired.

Sarkisian has had two previous stints as a head coach – first at Washington, and then at USC. He has spent the last two seasons as Alabama’s offensive coordinator.

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Johnny Manziel hilariously dunked on Texas over Heisman Trophy claim

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Johnny Manziel was among those who got in on the fun bashing Texas for taking some claim in the Heisman Trophy result on Tuesday.

Alabama was the big winner at the Heisman Trophy ceremony. Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith took home the honor, while quarterback Mac Jones was third and Bama running back Najee Harris was fifth.

Texas brought up the Heisman results as a way to promote their hiring of Steve Sarkisian as their new head coach. Sark was Bama’s offensive coordinator this season.

Manziel ripped on Texas for their tweeting touting Sark’s role in the Heisman. He sarcastically said that Texas pretty much won the SEC championship too.

Manziel went to Texas A&M and won a Heisman Trophy for the Aggies, so he is rivals with the Longhorns. Ripping on them is natural for him.

Texas really only should be boasting when Sarkisian develops Heisman Trophy winners for the Longhorns.

Texas oddly touts Alabama’s DeVonta Smith winning Heisman Trophy

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Texas’ Twitter account oddly touted DeVonta Smith’s Heisman Trophy win on Tuesday.

Smith became the first wide receiver since 1991 to win the trophy. He is also the third Alabama player to win the trophy.

So what business did Texas have posting about it? Well, they were touting new head coach Steve Sarkisian’s connection to the award. Sark coordinated Alabama’s offense this season. Alabama’s offense had three of the top five Heisman Trophy finalists, including the winner.

If Texas thinks that Sark is such a big part of the reason for the Tide’s offensive success rather than the talented players others in the program recruited and developed, best of luck to them.

But it’s somewhat sad a program with two great Heisman winners in its history (Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams) has to reach with a tweet like this to promote themselves. They’re better than this.

Steve Sarkisian replaces Tom Herman as Texas head coach

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The Texas Longhorns stunned the college football world Saturday morning with a bombshell coaching change.

The school announced the firing of Tom Herman on Saturday with little warning. They later announced that Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian is their new head coach.

This is a shocker, as the Longhorns had said they’d be sticking with Herman for 2021 less than a month ago. At the time, that was thought to be largely because the school could not find a good enough replacement to justify firing Herman. Clearly, that either changed, or the athletic department reassessed and felt that someone like Sarkisian was worth the risk.

Firing Herman won’t come cheap, as Texas will pay roughly $24 million to buy out both him and his staff.

Sarkisian has a 46-35 record as a college head coach between Washington and USC. He’s been Alabama’s offensive coordinator for the last two seasons, where his stock has risen significantly.

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: