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Top WR commit bails on Texas in middle of game

Steve Sarkisian does Hook Em

Texas finally snapped their ugly losing streak with a hard-fought win over Kansas State on Friday, but they suffered a significant loss in the recruiting department.

Armani Winfield, a four-star wide receiver recruit from Lewisville High School in Texas, decommitted from the Longhorns in the middle of Friday’s game. He said in a statement on Twitter that he will wait until National Signing Day to announce his decision.

Winfield was the first player to commit to Texas after Steve Sarkisian was hired as head coach back in January. He’s now the sixth decommitment for the 2022 recruiting cycle, according to 247 Sports.

Texas has had some truly atrocious losses this season after getting off to a strong start. You can’t blame recruits for wanting to look elsewhere, especially after some of the concerning quotes Sarkisian has delivered amid the disappointing season.

Photo: Sep 4, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players sing The Eyes of Texas along with fans after a victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Texas hits ugly low in loss to West Virginia

Steve Sarkisian does Hook Em

The Texas Longhorns hit a new low this season during Saturday’s loss to West Virginia.

The Longhorns fell 31-23 for their sixth straight loss, sending them to 4-7 on the season. They were officially eliminated from bowl contention with the defeat.

Texas went into halftime trailing 21-10. Quarterback Casey Thompson had a pathetic showing, going 4/14 for 29 yards with an interception. He was replaced in the second half by Hudson Card who went 10/16 for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian has many weaknesses, but his one strength is supposed to be on offense, and especially in the passing game. His starting quarterback having such a poor first half is a true embarrassment for the program.

Texas has now lost six games in a row for the first time since 1956.

The Longhorns were once 4-1 and led 41-23 against Oklahoma late in the third quarter of the Red River Shootout. They blew that lead, lost 55-48, and haven’t won since. They even lost last week to Kansas.

Texas really got rid of a guy who went 7-3 and won a bowl game last season only to hire Sarkisian to go 4-7 and lose six in a row. That’s awful.

Photo: Sep 4, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players sing The Eyes of Texas along with fans after a victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas trolls Texas with Matthew McConaughey tweet after win

Matthew McConaughey flashes the Hook Em

Kansas pulled off the biggest upset in Big 12 football history on Saturday, and their social media team was quick to rise to the occasion.

The Jayhawks defeated Texas in overtime despite being a 31-point underdog. It was their first win ever against Texas in Austin and the biggest point spread upset in Big 12 history. After the game, the official Twitter account of Kansas Athletics took a funny shot at Matthew McConaughey.

McConaughey is a famous actor and Texas alum. He’s a huge supporter of the Longhorns and often attends football and basketball games. McConaughey is even the school’s “Minister of Culture,” and his duties include pumping up players and fans. He was also quick to welcome Steve Sarkisian when Texas hired him earlier this year.

Rudd, also a famous actor, went to the University of Kansas.

Kansas is getting as much mileage out of the big upset as possible, and who can blame them? Moments like that don’t come along very often.

Photo: Feb 12, 2019; Austin, TX, USA; actor Matthew McConaughey attends the Kansas State Wildcats versus Texas Longhorns basketball game at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian had concerning quote after Texas loss

Steve Sarkisian does Hook Em

Texas hit rock bottom on Saturday when they lost to Kansas, and one particular comment head coach Steve Sarkisian made after the game did not sit well with Longhorns fans.

Kansas defeated Texas in overtime despite being a 31-point underdog. The loss was the fifth straight for the 4-6 Longhorns. After the game, Sarkisian was asked if players have been tuning him out. He didn’t exactly shoot the theory down.

The upset was the biggest one in Big 12 history in terms of point spread. It was also the first time Kansas ever won a game against Texas in Austin.

That wasn’t the first concerning quote Sarkisian delivered after a loss, but there’s probably not much else he can say at this point. His first season as the head coach at Texas has turned into a disaster.

Photo: Sep 4, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players sing The Eyes of Texas along with fans after a victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Video: Texas trolled by Kansas fans with ‘SEC’ chants

A Texas fan does the surrender cobra

Kansas fans in attendance for Saturday night’s huge upset win in Austin had a lot of fun rubbing in the victory against Texas.

The Jayhawks football team won at Texas for the first time ever, defeating them 57-56 in overtime thanks to some bold calls from coach Lance Leipold. Jared Casey, who caught the winning 2-point conversion, had some fun doing the “Horns Down.” And KU fans brought jokes for Texas.

Kansas fans sarcastically taunted Texas with “SEC! SEC!” chants. They did it after KU had an interception late that looked like it might seal the win.

Then they did it again after Kansas pulled off the upset win. You can hear Kansas fans do it around 50 seconds into this video.

What’s the deal? Texas and Oklahoma surprised people by announcing before the season that they were leaving the Big 12 for the SEC.

The SEC is regarded as a tougher football conference. Given how mediocre Texas has been over the past decade playing in the Big 12, most expect things to get much worse for the Longhorns when they upgrade conferences.

That’s the reason for the sarcastic “SEC” chants.

Texas fans meanwhile are stunned now that they are 4-6 and have lost five in a row.

Ex-Texas players want Bo Davis video leaker kicked off team

Bo Davis Texas

Several former Texas Longhorns players want some severe consequences for the person(s) responsible for the Bo Davis video leaking.

A video of Davis yelling at his players on the team bus for their pathetic effort in a 30-7 loss to Iowa State last weekend was leaked online this week.

You can see the video below, but beware, it contains cuss words from the passionate coach.

The reason the video leaking is unclear, but several former Longhorns are furious that someone from within the program — seemingly a player — recorded the video and potentially shared it publicly.

Here is the reaction from Quandre Diggs.

Ryan Switzer defended Davis.

DeShon Elliott said the player should be kicked off the team.

Quan Cosby backed Davis as well.

Even former Alabama player Reggie Ragland, who played under Davis at Bama, thought the person who recorded the video of Davis was lame.

The majority of reactions have been in Davis’ favor, leading most people to feel like the intended goals of whoever recorded/leaked the video backfired.

Davis is in his first season as defensive line coach on Steve Sarkisian’s staff. He spent the previous three seasons as a coach with the Detroit Lions. He has also coached at Alabama and previously at Texas under Mack Brown.

If you think there was something wrong with Davis’ tirade, you don’t belong anywhere near team sports played at the high school level or higher. Texas is 4-5, has lost four in a row, and their players absolutely deserved to be chewed out like that. Texas’ issue is that they have a player recording that video of the coach, instead of taking the message to heart and being inspired by it to perform better.

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian responds to crazy monkey attack story

Steve Sarkisian does Hook Em

Steve Sarkisian never could have imagined he would be answering questions about his assistant coach’s pet monkey during his first season as the head coach at Texas, but here we are. While the story captured the attention of the sports world and beyond, Sarkisian insists it has not been an issue for the Longhorns.

Sarkisian was asked on Thursday about the reports that a monkey belonging to the girlfriend of special teams coach Jeff Banks bit a trick-or-treater on Halloween. He called the issue a personal matter and said it has not been a distraction for the team.

Texas has lost three straight games to fall to 4-4 on the season. They’ll look to stop the bleeding with a tough road game against Iowa State on Saturday. The last thing Sarkisian’s team needs is a bizarre distraction, but apparently he has not allowed it to become one — or so he says.

And if you haven’t followed the story, you’re missing out. Banks girlfriend, Danielle Thomas, promoted on social media that she would be hosting a haunted house at her home on Halloween Sunday night. She issued an open invitation to her neighbors young and old. After word surfaced that her pet monkey attacked someone, Dani appeared to confirm the story but deny responsibility. She said in a series of deleted tweets that a child entered an area of hers and Jeff’s home without permission. Thomas also said the monkey belonged to her and told people to stop dragging Banks into it.

Animal services is now investigating the incident.

The story took an even wilder turn when we learned that Dani was or is a stripper that goes by the stage name “Pole Assassin.” Further rumors have said Banks, who has three children, left his wife for Thomas. When Thomas performed on stage, she often incorporated a monkey into her act. You can read more of the wild details here.

Even if the story is not a distraction for Texas, there must be plenty of talk about it in Austin this week.

Photo: Sep 4, 2021; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian and players sing The Eyes of Texas along with fans after a victory over the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Texas star may not return to team after Steve Sarkisian altercation

Joshua Moore celebrating a touchdown

One of the Texas Longhorns’ leading receivers may be on his way out of the program after a practice altercation with coach Steve Sarkisian.

Multiple reports indicated that wide receiver Joshua Moore was involved in a heated altercation with Sarkisian after Wednesday’s practice. Anwar Richardson of OrangeBloods reported that the altercation was severe enough that Moore’s future with the program has been called into question.

It’s not clear what led to the altercation or what drove it to become as significant as it reportedly turned out to be.

Moore was Texas’ leading receiver in 2020, racking up 472 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. He has 22 catches for 233 yards and three touchdowns so far in 2021.

Whatever happened, it’s likely to put more pressure on Sarkisian. The Longhorns are 4-4 after three straight losses, and the first-year coach seems to be feeling the heat a bit.

Photo: Oct 30, 2021; Waco, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns wide receiver Joshua Moore (6) celebrates a touchdown against Baylor Bears in the first half of an NCAA football game at McLane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Spillman-USA TODAY Sports

Animal services investigating alleged monkey attack at Texas coach’s home

Jeff and Dani Banks

A truly surreal report this week claimed a child was attacked by a monkey on Halloween at the home of Texas Longhorns special teams coach Jeff Banks, and local authorities are now looking into the incident.

Katie Hall of the Austin American-Statesman confirmed on Tuesday that Austin Animal Services is investigating whether a pet monkey belonging to Banks’ girlfriend, Danielle Thomas, bit a trick-or-treater on Sunday night.

Thomas, who calls herself Dani Banks, promoted on social media that she would be hosting a haunted house at her home on Halloween. She issued an open invitation to her neighbors young and old. After word surfaced that her pet monkey attacked someone, Dani appeared to confirm the story but deny responsibility. She said in a series of deleted tweets that a child entered an area of hers and Jeff’s home without permission. Thomas also said the monkey belonged to her and told people to stop dragging Banks into it.

The story took an even wilder turn when we learned that Dani was or is a stripper that goes by the stage name “Pole Assassin.” Further rumors have said Banks, who has three children, left his wife for Thomas. When Thomas performed on stage, she often incorporated a monkey into her act.

The University Texas has not yet commented on the situation. You can read more about the crazy story here.

Steve Sarkisian quote after latest Texas loss is not exactly encouraging

Steve Sarkisian

The Texas Longhorns lost their third consecutive game on Saturday, a 31-24 defeat at the hands of Baylor. It means the Longhorns are now an underwhelming 4-4 under first-year coach Steve Sarkisian after starting 4-1 and taking a big lead against Oklahoma.

That will be a huge frustration to Sarkisian, who indicated as much after Saturday’s game. However, the remark he made about getting over the hump doesn’t exactly sound hugely confident.

The problem for Sarkisian is that Texas fans aren’t really looking forward to what may or may not happen in the weeks to come. They were hopeful of a dangerous team this season. Maybe the 4-1 start was a bit of a mirage, but 4-4 is not a great look for Sarkisian, even in year one.

Sarkisian is going to need some wins in recruiting, though he may be positioning himself for a surprising one. Regardless, Texas fans probably aren’t going to have an endless well of patience as he heads into year two.