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Steve Sarkisian says Texas called players-only meeting

Steve Sarkisian in Texas gear

Sep 3, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian before the game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks in the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Texas was hoping to turn things around this season after a disappointing first year under Steve Sarkisian, but the results have not been great thus far. The head coach said his players are feeling a sense of urgency coming off another tough loss.

Sarkisian told reporters on Thursday that he is proud of the way his team has responded after their 37-34 overtime loss to Texas Tech last weekend. He said there was a players-only meeting on Tuesday to discuss some issues the Longhorns have had.

“What I was proud of with those guys was coming out of the ballgame last week, Monday they had a leadership council meeting. Then Tuesday morning, they had a player-only meeting where the leadership committee addressed some of the things that I talked about where we can improve,” Sarkisian said, as transcribed by Joe Cook of On3. “I thought that was a great sign they were willing to take that initiative and do that.”

Sarkisian then spoke about the importance of his team ignoring outside criticism and overreaction.

“I think the noise around our team is the sky is falling and ‘what happened to Texas’ and ‘we’re not very good,'” Sarkisian said. “We’re still a pretty good team, things just didn’t quite go the way we wanted them to go.”

Texas hired Sarkisian hoping he can help put the Longhorns back on the map. The team went 5-7 last season, but there have been some positive signs this year. They lost to No. 1 Alabama on a late field goal a few weeks ago, though Sarkisian was quick to shut down the moral victory talk.

If Texas has another losing season, fans are not going to be patient with Sarkisian. That pressure is felt throughout the program. For now, the coach insists his team is doing a good job of handling it.

Texas Tech trying to identify fan who hit Texas player

A Texas Tech fan pushes a Texas player

Texas Tech fans stormed the field following their team’s upset win over rival Texas on Saturday, and police are now looking for one individual who engaged in what the school called “unacceptable” behavior.

A video that went viral on social media showed a Texas Tech fan aggressively shoving a Texas player in the back as the player was walking off the field. The shove was totally unprovoked and seemed to send the Texas player flying.

Texas Tech issued a statement on Sunday condoning the fan’s actions. The school included a screenshot of the culprit’s face and asked anyone with information to contact the Texas Tech Police Department.

A Texas Tech spokesperson also released a statement to Wescott Eberts of Burnt Orange Nation highlighting the school’s postgame celebration policy.

This is not the first incident we have seen this season involving a player and a fan who rushed the field. Though, the player was the aggressor the last time (video here).

Texas Tech defeated No. 22 Texas in a thrilling 37-34 overtime game in Lubbock. The win was Texas Tech’s first over the Longhorns since 2017.

Report reveals how far Texas went to recruit Arch Manning

Arch Manning looks on

Oct 30, 2021; Clemson, South Carolina, USA; Recruit Arch Manning, right, and his father Cooper Manning before the game between Clemson and Florida State at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns scored a coup in recruiting by landing Arch Manning, and it sounds like they paid a hefty sum to do so.

Manning took his official visit to Texas in June, and the Longhorns spared no expense in making it a memorable trip. According to records obtained by Sam Khan Jr. of The Athletic, the university spent $280,000 for food, accommodations, and other luxuries for Manning and eight other recruits that visited on the weekend of June 17.

In addition to a luxury hotel and food, Texas paid up for recruits to play at TopGolf, as well as a cruise on Lady Bird Lake. Manning did not commit during the three-day visit, but did so publicly four days after it ended.

To be clear, this was hardly special treatment just for Manning. One weekend later, the school hosted 14 recruits with largely the same itinerary for nearly $350,000.

As impressive as the visit was, it does sound like there were other factors that played into Manning’s decision to attend Texas. If nothing else, this grants a look at just how glitzy recruiting is at the highest levels of college football.

Extent of Quinn Ewers’ shoulder injury revealed

Quinn Ewers ready to throw

April 23, 2022; Austin, TX, USA; Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) throws a pass during Texas’s annual spring football game at Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas on April 23, 2022. Mandatory Credit: Aaron E. Martinez-USA TODAY NETWORK

Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers suffered a shoulder injury during Saturday’s game against Alabama, and it is one that will cost him several games.

Ewers will be out for at least a month, ESPN’s Pete Thamel reports. Texas is bracing for a 4-6 week absence after an MRI confirmed that Ewers has an SC sprain in his shoulder. The earliest he could potentially return is Oct. 8 when Texas plays Oklahoma.

Ewers suffered the injury late in the first quarter of the Longhorns’ 20-19 loss. He had to escape pressure and throw the ball away but was driven into the ground by a defender as he released the pass. The redshirt freshman stayed down for several moments while clutching at his arm.

Hudson Card entered the game for Texas after Ewers got hurt. He went 14/22 for 158 yards. The sophomore quarterback also fought an injury. He was seen limping due to an apparent ankle/foot issue.

Ewers, a transfer from Ohio State, was excellent in the first quarter against Alabama, going 9/12 for 134 yards. Losing him for a month or longer is a huge blow to the Longhorns.

Steve Sarkisian delivered odd quote after Texas loss

Steve Sarkisian in Texas gear

Sep 3, 2022; Austin, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns head coach Steve Sarkisian before the game against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks in the first half at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian’s Texas Longhorns gave Alabama quite the run on Saturday, but they fell short at home to the visiting Crimson Tide in a 20-19 defeat.

Many people feel that a win is a win and a loss is a loss, but Sarkisian apparently feels differently. The second-year Texas coach delivered an odd quote after his team’s defeat.

Sark says his team didn’t lose. What happened was Alabama happened to have more points when the clock expired.

“We didn’t lose today. We just ran out of time,” Sarkisian said after the game.

Well, that is one way to look at it.

Sarkisian also was happy to score a moral victory, even if his team lost.

Sarkisian’s attitude following the loss is a little unusual. But maybe he’s trying a different approach this season after what happened last year.

Last year, the Longhorns were 4-1 with a couple of nice wins. They were leading Oklahoma in the Red River Rivalry game too before ultimately collapsing and losing 55-48. The team must have been crushed, because they went on a six-game losing streak and finished the season 5-7.

Maybe Sark is trying to avoid another tailspin, and that’s the reason for his attitude of positivity.

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Reporter claims Alabama did not having air conditioning in locker room at Texas

Texas Longhorns fans in the stadium

Texas Longhorns pack the stands for the game against Alabama at Royal Memorial Stadium on Sep. 10, 2022. Photo Credit: Aaron E. Martinez / American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK

Texas is drawing negative attention once again for their alleged accomodations in the visitor’s locker room at Darrell K Royal Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas.

The Longhorns narrowly lost 20-19 to Alabama at home on Saturday. The game was a close, heated battle — and it was literally hot.

According to ABC in Birmingham, Ala. reporter Jamie Hale, the Crimson Tide did not have air conditioning in their visitor’s locker room against Texas. The Tide apparently came prepared for that possibility and brought their own air conditioning unit.

If this saga sounds familiar, that’s because Texas received complaints three years ago about not providing air conditioning for LSU.

Teams may have received enough fair warning about the situation that they bring their own cooling equipment.

Temperatures were in the low-80s in Austin early in the day and were supposed to get into the mid-90s at the highest point. Neither the heat, nor the locker room situation, prevented Alabama from getting the win.

Referees make total mess of bizarre Texas penalty call

Bryce Young penalty call

The officiating crew in Saturday’s game between the Texas Longhorns and Alabama Crimson Tide made a total mess of a key call in the end zone roughly midway through the third quarter.

The Longhorns appeared to get a safety by sacking Alabama’s Bryce Young in the end zone, a potential game-changing play that would have given Texas the lead and the ball. However, a late flag came in, and the penalty was announced as roughing the passer and targeting. That took the safety off the board and appeared to give Alabama a new set of downs, though like all targeting calls, the play was subject to further review.

It was quickly clear that both the roughing the passer and targeting calls were awful decisions. In fact, replays showed that Young was not even down when he was hit by Texas linebacker DeMarvion Overshown, who was flagged for the fouls.

After the review, referee Scott Campbell somehow corrected himself. Campbell announced that there was no targeting, and that the roughing the passer call was also wiped out as it was “described incorrectly to the referee.” However, there was no safety, as Young successfully got rid of the ball before he was down.

In short, the officials ultimately got the call correct, albeit in truly bizarre fashion. The roughing the passer call was apparently the same as the targeting call, which caused the confusion. Had there been two fouls on the play, the roughing call would not have been reviewable even if the targeting foul was withdrawn.

This is not the first time Campbell has gone viral for his officiating work. This one, however, is a moment he would probably like to forget.

Could Texas and Oklahoma leave Big 12 early?

Steve Sarkisian smiles

Jan 7, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian speaks to media during the Alabama Crimson Tide media day at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners are still three years away from officially leaving the Big 12 to join the SEC, but that timeline could apparently be moved up, according to a report.

The Big 12 confirmed Wednesday that it is opening conversations with FOX and ESPN about an early re-negotiation of the league’s current television deal. The move is widely seen as an attempt to beat the Pac-12 to the market, preventing the rival conference from gaining a possible advantage in rights negotiations.

The move could, however, have a side effect. According to Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports, Texas and Oklahoma are in active discussions about potentially moving their departure date up from 2025.

There is little incentive for the Sooners or Longhorns to remain in the conference under a new rights deal. This ultimately depends on how serious the Big 12’s discussions are, but if a deal really does come into place, that could certainly accelerate things.

From Texas’ perspective, they probably wouldn’t mind letting their new quarterback have a shot at the rest of the SEC in a year or two either.

Steve Sarkisian names starting QB for Texas

Steve Sarkisian smiles

Jan 7, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian speaks to media during the Alabama Crimson Tide media day at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian hinted on Thursday that he had already decided on a starting quarterback for Texas, and the coach has now made the news official.

Sarkisian told reporters on Friday that Quinn Ewers will start for the Longhorns in their season opener against UL-Monroe on Sept. 3.

Ewers beat out redshirt sophomore Hudson Card for the starting job. Card passed for for 590 yards, 5 touchdowns and an interception last season.

Ewers enrolled at Ohio State last year but quickly transferred away from the school and chose Texas. He is a highly-touted prospect. Sarkisian indicated earlier this week that the battle between the two quarterbacks was very close.

Texas went 5-7 in Sarkisian’s first year as head coach last year. The coach is hoping Ewers can help lead a big turnaround this season.

Steve Sarkisian hints he knows who will be Texas’ starting QB

Steve Sarkisian smiles

Jan 7, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian speaks to media during the Alabama Crimson Tide media day at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian hinted on Thursday that he has made a decision about Texas’ starting quarterback.

Sark spoke with the media and discussed the quarterback position. He said he has a “pretty good idea” who will be the team’s starting quarterback. However, Sark wants Hudson Card and Quinn Ewers to have a little more time to battle for the job.

Earlier this week, Sarkisian said the battle between the players was tight.

Card is entering his redshirt sophomore season. He passed for 590 yards, 5 touchdowns and an interception last season.

Ewers enrolled at Ohio State last year but quickly transferred away from the school and chose Texas. He is a highly-touted prospect, but his status as a top recruit is not guaranteeing him any playing time.

Texas is coming off a 5-7 season in what was Sarkisian’s first season on the job.