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"Where Steve Sarkisian lands on ESPN's ranking of head coaches as players"

ESPN recently   ranked all 130 FBS head coaches based on their playing careers  (link requires subscription). The ranking put an emphasis on which players made meaningful contributions in college, regardless of level. Those who were multiyear starters or award recipients of FBS teams get more credit, as do those who played professionally.

Sarkisian landed at No. 5 overall. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, Tennessee’s Josh Heupel, and Oklahoma State’s Mike Gundy were the only current head coaches listed ahead of him.

Sarkisian first starred at quarterback for El Camino College, setting national junior college records in both completion percentage (72.4) and pass efficiency (203.8 rating). He then transferred to BYU and earned WAC offensive player of the year honors as a senior in 1996, when he led the nation in pass efficiency (173.56) and broke Steve Young’s career completion percentage record (65.2). He won the Sammy Baugh Trophy and then played three seasons in the CFL, starting for Saskatchewan in 1999. 

https://longhornswire.usatoday.com/2021/07/17/texas-longhorns-football-steve-sarkisian-espn-rankings-head-coach-player-playing-career-college/

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Texas Football: Four takeaways from Big 12 media day

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July 16, 2021 5:43 pm CT

Texas had three representatives head to the Big 12 media day: head coach Steve Sarkisian, running back Bijan Robinson and defensive tackle Keondre Coburn. Each fielded questions about the upcoming season.  The questions ranged from favorite ice cream flavors to thoughts on the Red River Showdown, and there were headlines stemming from the Big 12’s decision to penalize players who flash the horns down at a Texas player.

This marked Sarkisian’s first Big 12 media day, and his first media day as a head coach since his days at USC, which did not end well to say the least. Sarkisian has proven savvy when it comes to answering questions, credit to Nick Saban who is quite the question answerer himself.  I will break down a few questions that Sarkisian answered that he might have meant something else by, and of course touch on the ruling of the horns down fiasco.

Steve Sarkisian on rebuilding Texas

Sarkisian rebuilt Washington after the Huskies had six seasons of not being above .500 and were fresh off an 0-12 season. He declared Thursday that Texas is not in a full rebuild, which he is absolutely right. The team lost the three games in 2020 by 13 points, and that was with inconsistencies on both sides of the field. The run game was not effective until halfway through the season, and the constant changing of who was calling plays was just ineffective. The transfers added on defense will help create more turnovers, better depth and improve a unit that was ranked 64th in the nation.

"Winning is hard" and "Fairy Dust"

These two phrases were staples of the Tom Herman era, and he would often say those after losing games they should not have or beating Tulsa by a touchdown. Now, although Sarkisian said these things, context matters. He was saying that having high-ranked players and great facilities do not equate to success. It is the work put in, along with the consistency of success that will propel the Longhorns past mediocrity. This also very well could have been a shot at Tom Herman, as Sarkisian made statements about the players actually buying into the culture.

Quarterback battle

After being asked his thoughts on Casey Thompson and essentially where Sarkisian viewed him, the first-year head coach wasted no time mentioning Hudson Card. This very well could be a statement hinting that the quarterback who many view as the favorite (Thompson), is not the favorite in his eyes. He went on to explain the 15 practices the team had in spring were not enough for him to pick a starter, which means he needs a better look at both players again, likely giving someone more time to get in his good graces. We’ve speculated before that Card could be the guy: He was the one who was showing Arch Manning around, while also being seen in a golf cart with Sarkisian. Seeing Sarkisian’s immediate reaction while answering a question about Thompson was to bring up Card only adds fuel to that belief.

Horns Down

The Big 12 announced that players will likely be penalized for flashing the horns down toward Texas players, which is one of the softest things imaginable. Coach Sarkisian and Keondre Coburn explained if a team feels the need to do than so be it. It is something that bugged Tom Herman much more than it does Sarkisian. The best way to prevent teams from not doing it, is winning; teams always want to beat up Texas because of the brand. I am pro players having fun, and the penalizing of this seems really unnecessary. It adds to the already great matchups, and creates moments like when Texas came back to win against Texas Tech after Alan Bowman did the horns down. It seems the only people this bothered are either not at Texas anymore, or are ones that are not a part of the program. Overall a bad look for the Big 12, and likely put a target on the back of Texas because of it. 

https://longhornswire.usatoday.com/lists/texas-longhorns-football-big-12-media-day-2021-steve-sarkisian-quarterback-battle-biggest-takeaways/

 

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20 minutes ago, Droopy said:

I’m just ready for the season to start already. Every dipshit I run into that isn’t a Texas fan and discovers that I am, begins to pontificate about how bad our season will be and the levels of embarrassment awaiting yet ANOTHER head coach for the Longhorns that will most likely fail because of X, Y or Z. 
 

These motherfuckers need some god damn crow to chew, like fucking stat! Baseless arguments of hopes and dreams of Texas losing all our games and going away forever like it’s their wettest of dreams can fuck right off! These motherfuckers are whistling past the graveyard in their thought process and I’m ready to not talk shit or bring up their schools one bit because I don’t give enough of a fuck about them to waste my time. What I do want is to see these asshats at the end and smile knowing their dream turned into their worst nightmare because the Longhorns came out and imposed their will on CFB landscape and forced the issue.
 

I’m not saying we win it all or get a conference championship but we are going to be a tough fucking out motherfuckers. Motherfuckers are gonna learn. Laugh now. Talk shit now. Get in as much as you can now. That is going to be a tough pill at the end of the season. Hate us, because they ain’t us. 
 

Hook ‘em 🤘🏼 motherfuckers. 

It's kinda weird though because our team was already doing that. They were beating the fuck outta the other team physically under Mensa but found the most moronic ways to lose. They need to take the next step and start handing all these fuckers an L in addition.

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There’s just so many unknown variables. I think if the wide receivers can remain healthy, we’ll be fine. There’s not a ton of examples out there of first year head coaches without an established QB having immediate “success”. I always think of Kevin Sumlin at Texas A&M in 2012. He  definitely had all the ingredients to field a solid squad, but nobody could have predicted it. 

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43 minutes ago, Droopy said:

I’m just ready for the season to start already. Every dipshit I run into that isn’t a Texas fan and discovers that I am, begins to pontificate about how bad our season will be and the levels of embarrassment awaiting yet ANOTHER head coach for the Longhorns that will most likely fail because of X, Y or Z. 
 

These motherfuckers need some god damn crow to chew, like fucking stat! Baseless arguments of hopes and dreams of Texas losing all our games and going away forever like it’s their wettest of dreams can fuck right off! These motherfuckers are whistling past the graveyard in their thought process and I’m ready to not talk shit or bring up their schools one bit because I don’t give enough of a fuck about them to waste my time. What I do want is to see these asshats at the end and smile knowing their dream turned into their worst nightmare because the Longhorns came out and imposed their will on CFB landscape and forced the issue.
 

I’m not saying we win it all or get a conference championship but we are going to be a tough fucking out motherfuckers. Motherfuckers are gonna learn. Laugh now. Talk shit now. Get in as much as you can now. That is going to be a tough pill at the end of the season. Hate us, because they ain’t us. 
 

Hook ‘em 🤘🏼 motherfuckers. 

Drunk before noon in the offseason I see. 

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52 minutes ago, Droopy said:

I’m just ready for the season to start already. Every dipshit I run into that isn’t a Texas fan and discovers that I am, begins to pontificate about how bad our season will be and the levels of embarrassment awaiting yet ANOTHER head coach for the Longhorns that will most likely fail because of X, Y or Z. 

You need some new friends, my dude

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52 minutes ago, Droopy said:

I’m just ready for the season to start already. Every dipshit I run into that isn’t a Texas fan and discovers that I am, begins to pontificate about how bad our season will be and the levels of embarrassment awaiting yet ANOTHER head coach for the Longhorns that will most likely fail because of X, Y or Z. 
 

These motherfuckers need some god damn crow to chew, like fucking stat! Baseless arguments of hopes and dreams of Texas losing all our games and going away forever like it’s their wettest of dreams can fuck right off! These motherfuckers are whistling past the graveyard in their thought process and I’m ready to not talk shit or bring up their schools one bit because I don’t give enough of a fuck about them to waste my time. What I do want is to see these asshats at the end and smile knowing their dream turned into their worst nightmare because the Longhorns came out and imposed their will on CFB landscape and forced the issue.
 

I’m not saying we win it all or get a conference championship but we are going to be a tough fucking out motherfuckers. Motherfuckers are gonna learn. Laugh now. Talk shit now. Get in as much as you can now. That is going to be a tough pill at the end of the season. Hate us, because they ain’t us. 
 

Hook ‘em 🤘🏼 motherfuckers. 

Have you considered hanging out with less “dipshits”? 

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2 hours ago, texifornia said:

You need some new friends, my dude

 

2 hours ago, Eggo said:

Drunk before noon in the offseason I see. 

 

2 hours ago, NTVTXN said:

Have you considered hanging out with less “dipshits”? 

That’s the thing. These are random people I do not know or are unfamiliar acquaintances. They see the Texas hat/shirt and just start with the unrequested opinions about the team/coaches/schedule. I also do not engage them. My issue is that these motherfuckers are licking their chops like never before and are brazen enough to talk shit in public to a random person they don’t know about my favorite fucking team and alma mater.
 

I want these dipshits to come close to the body, sniff around, then see our eyes focused on them and to have our fucking figurative hand around their collective throats before they know what the fuck hit them. Make them get the fuck back in their shitty once-a-decade motherfucking lane. These are not people that think. These are people that wait for their meathead friends to stand behind them before they start really talking shit. Pussies, to put it plainly. 
 

Also, not drunk. Might smoke later though. Rant over. 

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4 minutes ago, futureman said:

marijuana is illegal in the state of texas. this isn’t the dark web. take your crime discussion elsewhere. 

Cool. Didn’t mention being in Texas, but thanks for the pro tip. 

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14 minutes ago, futureman said:

marijuana is illegal in the state of texas. this isn’t the dark web. take your crime discussion elsewhere. 

 

3 minutes ago, futureman said:

just abide by the laws and we won’t have a problem. 

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5 hours ago, Droopy said:

I’m just ready for the season to start already. Every dipshit I run into that isn’t a Texas fan and discovers that I am, begins to pontificate about how bad our season will be and the levels of embarrassment awaiting yet ANOTHER head coach for the Longhorns that will most likely fail because of X, Y or Z. 
 

These motherfuckers need some god damn crow to chew, like fucking stat! Baseless arguments of hopes and dreams of Texas losing all our games and going away forever like it’s their wettest of dreams can fuck right off! These motherfuckers are whistling past the graveyard in their thought process and I’m ready to not talk shit or bring up their schools one bit because I don’t give enough of a fuck about them to waste my time. What I do want is to see these asshats at the end and smile knowing their dream turned into their worst nightmare because the Longhorns came out and imposed their will on CFB landscape and forced the issue.
 

I’m not saying we win it all or get a conference championship but we are going to be a tough fucking out motherfuckers. Motherfuckers are gonna learn. Laugh now. Talk shit now. Get in as much as you can now. That is going to be a tough pill at the end of the season. Hate us, because they ain’t us. 
 

Hook ‘em 🤘🏼 motherfuckers. 

God damn motherfucking right. Motherfucker just gets straight to the point. Just a beautiful word  

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I’m just tired of the media asking whether “Texas is back”.  We need a conference championship and we need to beat OU along the way to get that monkey off our back. I don’t want to wait any longer. We need it this year, despite OU being favored. Bring me this, Sark. 

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5 minutes ago, closetojumping said:

I mostly like the guys I negged here as posters, but I am sick and fucking tired of seeing people engage with the fucking futureman clown. Full auto-neg when his insipid, boring shit gets quoted. Thanks. 

Anybody familiar with "The Challenge," a 1970 flick with Darren McGavin and somebody named Mako?  Premise: All-out war between the United States and a non-specific Asian country is averted when the two sides agree to settle their differences by each choosing a single soldier as champion, and having those two men fight to the death on a deserted South Pacific island.  Y'all see where I'm going with this?

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52 minutes ago, closetojumping said:

I mostly like the guys I negged here as posters, but I am sick and fucking tired of seeing people engage with the fucking futureman clown. Full auto-neg when his insipid, boring shit gets quoted. Thanks. 

I handed you your ass years ago and you tucked tail like a bitch. you’re a fake insider and a short, fat pussy. 

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3 hours ago, closetojumping said:

I mostly like the guys I negged here as posters, but I am sick and fucking tired of seeing people engage with the fucking futureman clown. Full auto-neg when his insipid, boring shit gets quoted. Thanks. 

I know it would take a long time due to his current rep, but why can't we just neg bomb him like a couple of the others it happened to this past year? Also, I'm fully aware he's going to start negging the shit out of me from here on out. Oh well, someone had to suggest it.

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15 hours ago, Royale with cheese said:

Anybody familiar with "The Challenge," a 1970 flick with Darren McGavin and somebody named Mako?  Premise: All-out war between the United States and a non-specific Asian country is averted when the two sides agree to settle their differences by each choosing a single soldier as champion, and having those two men fight to the death on a deserted South Pacific island.  Y'all see where I'm going with this?

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