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Steve Sarkisian Shuts Up Critics Calling for Arch Manning to Transfer

Nov 11, 2023; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning (16) warms up before the game between the TCU Horned Frogs and the Texas Longhorns at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

As college football fans around the country continue to raise questions about Arch Manning’s decision to remain at Texas, on Thursday afternoon, the Longhorns’ head coach broke his silence on the topic and called out critics.

Sarkisian spoke on Manning’s decision with the Late Kick’s Josh Pate, saying, “I get a chuckle out of this. Everyone praises Arch for staying at Texas… He’s going into Year Two!”


“I get a chuckle out of this,” Sarkisian said. “Everyone praises Arch for staying at Texas. He’s going into Year Two!” But that’s the mentality, and our locker room’s not a whole lot different than everyone else’s. That’s the mentality, ‘Good for Arch, he’s sticking it out with Texas in Year Two!’ And I’m like, ‘That’s part of the process.’ We’re developing him to be a great football player and a great leader, and he’s going to be, but that’s where we’re at right now.”

Manning went viral this offseason for his impressive performance in Texas spring game, which sparked the question of whether or not the Longhorns signal caller should enter the transfer portal. Manning was spectacular in the Longhorns Orange vs. White game and finished his day going 19/25 for 355 yards and three touchdowns.

Sarkisian finished his thoughts by saying, “I think that that’s a little bit unfortunate, but it is what it is. Coach Saban’s got the greatest line ever: adapt or die. There’s a reason dinosaurs aren’t on the Earth anymore, they couldn’t adapt.”

While Arch has shown some major improvements since his freshman season with the Longhorns, Texas fans will likely have to wait at least one more season to see him take the field under center as the team’s lone starter.

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