Getting in the ballgame with the nation’s best recruits is why Texas took a shot on Sarkisian, despite years of evidence that he does not stack up among the elite coaches in college football.
With its wide-open checkbook, its endless arrogance and its desperation to be relevant in football after more than a decade of mediocrity, it was easy to scoff at Texas’ decision to hire Steve Sarkisian at the end of 2020.
This was not landing a home run swing like Dabo Swinney or a surefire program-changer like Urban Meyer. Sarkisian had already been a head coach at two schools and not particularly successful at either stop. He’d been run out of the NFL after an unremarkable two years as the Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator. A rehab stint at Alabama put him back on the radar, but let’s be honest: The next offensive coordinator to fail under Nick Saban will be the first.