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Anonymous Big 12 Coach Crushes Texas Football

NCAA Football: Texas Spring Game

One of the best off-season reads for college football fans is when Athlon Sports gets coaches to discuss their opponents anonymously. It allows the coaches to be completely honest and transparent, which is a breath of fresh air.

And when it comes to the Texas Longhorns, every coach is going to have an opinion, for better or for worse.

This year, here is what an anonymous Big 12 coach had to say about the Longhorns.

 

“When they get off the bus, nobody in college football looks better. Then they play you, and it all comes back down to earth. Bottom line, there’s no dressing it up — they didn’t play hard defensively last season. I don’t know if it’s because they didn’t have all the pieces they needed or there was a cultural issue transitioning from the last staff, but they either chose not to play hard or didn’t know how to. Either one is possible. Culturally, not enough has changed there. You look at Red River tape and they’re on fire, or they’re trying to be. Watch them after three losses, and they’re over it.”

Ouch. But those first two sentences can summarize Texas football for over a decade: “When they get off the bus, nobody in college football looks better. Then they play you, and it all comes back down to earth.

This has been the problem during the end of Mack Brown, Charlie Strong, Tom Herman and through one season of Steve Sarkisian.

Is it entitlement? Is it the coaches? What is it that no matter who has been the Texas coach, despite the incredible recruiting, they continue to (mostly) underachieve?

The coach did go on to show some love, saying:

“It’s been said a lot, but if Sark really is bringing an ‘Alabama culture’ to Austin, the second-year roster will improve tremendously when the expectations and ideas set in.”

 

That was part of the appeal of Steve Sarkisian. He had spent time under Nick Saban. Will that start paying off in Year 2?

Remember, Nick Saban went 7-6 his first season at Alabama. He then went 12-2 in Year 2 and took his team to the Sugar Bowl.

Those are the kinds of results Sarkisian is looking for and given his roster make up, he should have those goals. But we’ve heard all this before with Texas football.

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