Sarkisian talks SEC but notes Texas ‘in the Big 12’


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Texas coach Steve Sarkisian is targeted on the Huge 12 as he attends conferences this week alongside the league’s different 9 soccer coaches. The Huge 12, like different leagues holding their spring gatherings, is addressing a number of main objects impacting the way forward for faculty sports activities.

“For us, on the finish of the day, we’re within the Huge 12,” Sarkisian mentioned. “It is vital to know the route of the convention and route of school soccer and the place we’re occurring loads of these matters. … We’re within the Huge 12, so we have to know the route of the place the convention goes proper now.”

However Sarkisian is also conscious of Texas’ upcoming transition to the SEC and what it’ll take to reach a brand new league. Texas and Oklahoma will stay within the Huge 12 till 2025 except the faculties negotiate an earlier exit to the SEC.

Sarkisian spent a part of three seasons within the SEC on the Alabama teaching employees beneath Nick Saban, successful a nationwide title as offensive coordinator in 2020.

Though his time at Alabama will inform him earlier than the SEC transfer, he mentioned Texas will stay its personal distinct program.

“There’s loads of nice facets of [Alabama] that I believe we will take with us, however naturally, we now have to do the issues I am comfy doing and doing it the way in which that most accurately fits us,” Sarkisian mentioned. “There’s nice coaches within the SEC, there’s actually good gamers, there’s massive individuals, there’s quick individuals. We have to assemble a extremely good employees, which I believe we have executed. We have to recruit on a extremely excessive degree, which I believe that we have proven that we will do. After which in the end get these gamers large enough, sooner and stronger.”

Sarkisian famous the SEC’s success in final week’s NFL draft, because it led all conferences with 65 alternatives, 17 greater than the Huge Ten and 40 greater than the Huge 12. Texas didn’t have any gamers drafted after Sarkisian’s first season as coach, simply the second time since 1938 that no Longhorns heard their names referred to as.

Texas would not plan to overtake its recruiting technique for the SEC, as Sarkisian mentioned, “I really feel like all of the groups within the SEC wish to recruit Texas.”

“I really feel like there is a positive line there of creating certain that we handle the gamers which are in our house state,” he added. “We already naturally go into Louisiana; that is sensible for us. We signed a child from Mississippi this yr; we signed a child from Birmingham, Alabama, this yr. So I believe there’s some pure development that method. Are we going to make a residing in recruiting Florida and Georgia? In all probability not. And this does not imply that we’re not going to recruit California, both.”

Sarkisian mentioned Texas will proceed to adapt and evolve with identify, picture and likeness. A number of media retailers reported that Longhorns standout large receiver Xavier Worthy turned down a large NIL supply from one other Energy 5 program to stay at Texas.

“I perceive it, I get it, Xavier Worthy was a heck of a participant, a freshman All-American, broke loads of data,” Sarkisian mentioned. “In fact, individuals have been going to try to use NIL to entice him to go to their college, so you have to proactive with regards to these issues.”

Aside from the group’s 5-7 file in 2021, Sarkisian has seen his time at Texas as constructive, particularly the begin to 2022. He mentioned the local weather across the program has been supportive and unified.

“In the end, we bought to start out successful some extra video games, I am not naive to that,” he mentioned. “However so far as simply individuals tugging and pulling and transferring in several instructions, no. I felt like all people is transferring in a constructive route. That was one thing that I challenged our fan base to do, our donors to do, our administration to do, was belief the truth that you employed me to do a job; let’s get on board and let’s all transfer in the identical route to make this factor particular once more.”

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