Steve Sarkisian’s hot seat bursts into flames as Texas wonders what it got on after a disastrous loss to Kansas
The Austin betting window is now open. What happened to Steve Sarkisian’s coaching future at Texas? The Longhorns lost miserably on Saturday, and the firing of their first-year coach should at least cross the minds of major cigar influencers at UT.
Too early? Never. That’s what they do down there, throwing money at problems. Sometimes it functions as a shiny, modern basketball court. Sometimes, money goes right down the drain in the only sport that really matters in Texas.
In fact, football failure has become as common as the six-pack Shiner Bock, just a lot less palatable. The school that annually competes for the position of the richest sports department in the country has just lost to Kansas. And that’s not a fluke.
Sark escapes. The Longhorns were defeated. Overtime only prolongs the pain. The last time Texas lost for a year in a row was in 1956, 80% of the US population was not born. Let it sink in.
Here’s another painful lesson that money can’t really buy happiness – or even victory over lowly Jayhawks.
For the sake of brevity, we’ll summarize the Texas disaster by recounting how thousands of Orangebloods left the Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium at halftime. That will happen when Kansas scored three hits in 85 seconds.
Whether Sark is boxed Sunday or Monday, next week or next season, an outcome like this makes his future now inevitable. I don’t know how much of it was his fault.
Tom Herman was 7-3 last year and was fired. He’s never lost to Kansas. These Longhorns need to win the last two games just to get to a bad game.
It will be easy to sum Saturday lost 57-56 by saying that Sark is not doing well. In fact, it seems like nothing working in Texas. That includes the decision to go to the SEC. Even before Saturday, if those big cigar smokers thought that moving to the nation’s best convention would spur what is now a big change, well, they were wrong.
You don’t bring your Prius to tune in at the Indianapolis 500.
Saturday proved that it will be a long-term project, not a quick fix. After about 100 miles on the road, Baylor’s coach, in his second season, annoyed Oklahoma. Dave Aranda did it with a quiet amusement showing he’s also a short timer. USC and LSU must now take Aranda seriously for their loopholes.
Just a few months ago, Sark was that guy. His hire makes complete sense. It’s still possible if Sarkisian survives and goes on to win big in Texas. He’s the best name left on the table and has probably been appreciated by Alabama coach Nick Saban. The two share a powerful agent, Jimmy Sexton.
But first, Sark he had to spin around a dressing room that looked like it had abandoned him. Until then, the process has been a template for how a school paints itself in a corner: Texas has worked so hard to find – and overpay – for a competent coach, they have to give up. out $21 million in buybacks to admit his mistake. Even that might be too much for those cigar smokers as Herman is living comfortably on his $15 million purchase.
But sooner or later, they have to look in the mirror.
They were the ones who failed Saban. Remember? They were the ones who activated Herman when it looked like he was winning. Worse still, Ryan Day, Dabo Swinney and Jimbo Fisher won’t walk through that door. Now, in Texas, there’s not even a door.
Officially, Sark won’t be fired for cause if he doesn’t make it through Year 1. No misconduct has breached his contract. Just miss the throws, tackles and chances.
“We have the ability to win any game,” said Xavier Worthy, a Texas wide receiver.
It has been 35 days since the Longhorns did so. Do you remember the Oklahoma game? The Horns entered it 4-1 and ranked. They had an 18-point lead at halftime and have never been the same.
It is also possible to have difficulty swallowing again and deal with the irregularity. Kansas’ 56-game winless streak ended on Saturday. The Jayhawks have long surpassed the old record of 44, set by Sewanee between 1931-39.
Texas was beaten by a third string quarterback, Jalon Daniels. The winner of the two-point pass, Jared Casey, was playing the first offensive header of his career. KU has been going from 0 to 100 in matches since 1978 as a team that is at least 24 points weaker, according to ESPN. On Saturday, the Jayhawks were given the priority to lose 31.
It’s been 13 years – since KU seniors were in third grade – the Kansas team won a tournament game down the road.
Where does it end for Texas? Are there any coaches left to hire? Longhorn has a gift that can suffocate a financial advisor. They caught one of the best basketball coaches from Texas Tech in Chris Beard to boost basketball.
But football can’t beat Kansas? Somewhere, Herman was smiling. Charlie Strong is probably smiling. It wasn’t that they were amused by Sark’s predicament; they just know the feeling. They also know that some things in Texas are intolerable.
The authorities, at this point, don’t know how to fix it. Sticking with Sark? Well, that’s probably the right thing to do right now. Impatience has overwhelmed College football this season. Three coaches were let go this season before their third season was completed.
But if it happens, Kansas will have the distinction of having two Texas coaches fired in the past five years. Strong lost to Kansas in 2016 and was boxed after the season.
Here we are again. But hey, but at least there’s the SEC to look forward to at this point.
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