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Steve Sarkisian Admits He Considered Alabama Job

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Texas football is coming off a truly resurgent season as Steve Sarkisian finally broke through and got the Longhorns to a College Football Playoff for the first time in school history.

There’s a ton of excitement for what the future looks like in Austin, and rightfully so. There’s plenty of reason to believe that the Longhorns may have finally found a winning combination after spending over a decade underachieving.

However, it appears Texas might have been closer to another reset than they realized when the Alabama job became available on January 10.

 

It was Washington’s Kalen DeBoer who ended up replacing Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa, but Sarkisian did admit this week that he did at least flirt with the idea of following his former boss at the greatest football dynasty in the country.

“Naturally, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it,” Sarkisian told ESPN. “But it took me all of about 60 seconds to say, ‘Yeah, I’m not doing that.’ I had an awesome two years at Alabama and loved my time under Coach Saban, but ultimately you want to reap what you sow.

“We’ve poured a ton into this program for three years, and we’re on the cusp, I think, of going on a run that will be epic. I believe that. Our staff does, and our players do, too, just the support we have and the culture we’ve created here. Why leave something like that?”

Texas certainly did its part in keeping Sarkisian around by making him one of the highest-paid coaches in the country after extending him and increasing his salary to over $10 million per year.

The Longhorns will open up their 2024 season against Colorado State on August 31 at DKR Stadium.

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