Hours after Tom Herman was fired as Texas Longhorns head coach, the University of Texas has officially announced Steve Sarkisian to be the next head coach.
Sarkisian comes to Texas after spending the last couple of seasons with the Alabama Crimson Tide as the offensive coordinator under Nick Saban.
According to reports, Sarkisian is expected to remain with the Crimson Tide through the College Football Playoff Championship Game against Ohio State.
This news comes just weeks after Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte appeared to confirm Tom Herman would be returning as the Longhorns head coach in 2021. This appeared to be the end of the coaching change rumors in Austin, especially after Urban Meyer appeared to be out of the running for the job.
Sarkisian has been a head coach with the Washington Huskies and then the USC Trojans. His overall record is 46-35 and he was last a head coach for the Trojans in 2015.
Steve Sarkisian was once considered one of the rising young stars in the college coaching world, but he left USC dealing with issues of “substance abuse”. On October 11, 2015, it was announced Sarkisian would take an indefinite leave of absence after not showing up to a scheduled practice. ESPN later reported that Sarkisian came to a pre-practice meeting, only to have his assistants tell him to go home when he appeared to be intoxicated.
However he appears to be healthy and has rebuilt his coaching stock with time in the NFL with the Atlanta Falcons where he was the offensive coordinator and then at Alabama.
Sarkisian is 46 years old and has also spent time coaching at El Camino College and with the Oakland Raiders.
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