Sarkisian to Texas
It didn't take long for the Texas Longhorns to find a new head coach. Rumors were swirling immediately following the firing of Tom Herman, and a hire was made mere hours later. Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian has been tapped for the job.
Sarkisian started his career as a quarterback coach and rose through the ranks to offensive coordinator at USC before serving for five years as the head coach at Washington. He then returned to USC as the Trojans head coach for two seasons.
Unfortunately, his return to USC was marred by a reported bout with alcoholism.
He joined Alabama as an analyst in 2016, then briefly served as the Atlanta Falcon's offensive coordinator. He returned to Alabama in 2019 and served as the Tide's interim head coach for a game while Nick Saban was quarantined due to COVID protocol.
This is an interesting hire. It feels like a lateral move. Sarkisian isn't blatantly better than Herman and has a similar background. What was clear, however, was that a change was likely to be made.
Sarkisian is 47-35 in a combined seven seasons as a head coach, which is average of 6.7 wins per season.