Steve Sarkisian is aware of the pressure that comes with being the head coach of the Texas Longhorns. That being said, he’s making sure that he doesn’t let those sky-high expectations affect his coaching philosophies.
During last week’s Big 12 Media Days, Sarkisian discussed the Longhorns’ outlook for the 2021 season. He also revealed how he’d define success in his first year with the program.
“Naturally, everyone wants me to put a number on it, but for me it’s about, ‘Okay, are we playing with the accountability and discipline needed week in and week out regardless of opponent to warrant the product on the field puts us in position to win football games,’” Sarkisian said. “Ultimately, it comes down to the one, two, three or four plays (a game). It always does. Then it comes down to our ability to execute. I don’t know what that number is going to look like.”
The Longhorns have to walk before they can run, which is why Sarkisian’s comments make a lot of sense. After all, it’s rare for a college football team to become a championship team overnight.
Fortunately for Texas, it sounds like Steve Sarkisian is very pleased with what he’s seeing from his players this offseason.
“We’ve still got a lot of work to do. But I love where we’re at and I love the mindset of our team at this point of developing a team-first mentality, which I think our players have bought into and are kind of making come to life now in the summer.”
Sarkisian will need his players to buy in if the Longhorns are going to have any success this fall.
Texas signed Sarkisian to a six-year, $34.2 million guaranteed contract earlier this year. Although it may not be fair, he’ll probably need to generate immediate results to stay on the fan base’s good side.