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Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian named head coach at Texas

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Just hours after firing Tom Herman after 4 years as head coach at Texas, the University of Texas hired Alabama Offensive Coordinator Steve Sarkisian to replace him.

Sarkisian will serve in his third head coaching position, with previous stints at the University of Washington (2009-2013) and USC (2014-2015).  He played QB at El Camino College and BYU and served in the NFL as QB coach with the Oakland Raiders (2004) and OC of the Atlanta Falcons (2017-2018).

Sarkisian, the 2020 Broyles Award winner, has spent the last two years with the Alabama Crimson Tide as the Offensive Coordinator.  He will coach his final game with Alabama in the College Football Playoff Championship Game on January 11th.

Statement from Steve Sarkisian

“On Jan. 4, 2006, I was the USC quarterback coach when we played Texas in that famed national championship game. There has always been something special about Longhorn football, its history and traditions – not just on that day – and I could never have imagined that 15 years later, I would join the Longhorns as their head coach,” Sarkisian commented. “This is a unique and compelling opportunity to lead this storied program to the next level, competing once again amongst the best in college football.”

Statements on the Hiring of Steve Sarkisian

“We are excited to have Steve Sarkisian join us and lead the next chapter of our football program. University of Texas football has a long and proud history of competing at the highest levels within our conference and nationally, and he brings with him the coaching caliber and championship experience needed to restore this kind of excellence to our program.” –Kevin Eltife, UT System Board of Regents Chair

“Hiring Steve Sarkisian represents a critical investment in our football program’s future, not just for our student-athletes, but for all of Longhorn Nation. Our entire community benefits from a healthy and successful athletics program, and naming Steve as our coach infuses our football program with the necessary guidance and expertise to drive further success.”  — UT President Jay Hartzell

“Steve Sarkisian is one of the top offensive minds in the game of football, which he has proved over and over during his time with USC, Atlanta, and most recently, Alabama.  We are confident our players and coaches will thrive under his leadership and in response to his energy and passion for the game.”  –Chris Del Conte, Vice President and Athletics Director

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