Steve Sarkisian is tirelessly pursuing a national title at Texas. The Longhorns’ head coach shared to media on Wednesday that he is almost obsessed with that championship pursuit.
Sarkisian said the following of that push to bring a title back to Austin.
“I came here to win a championship. If I can get one, I want to get two. I’m borderline obsessed with it at this point. I know what it tasted like last year. I know how close we were, and I couldn’t wait to get back. Hopefully that’s what our team really starts to exude, is this obsession with being the best.”
Those who scoff at the above statement were the same who believed Sarkisian would never make a four-team playoff or win a conference title at Texas. They lost their seat at the discussion table last offseason.
Sarkisian can win a title at Texas. Whether he will or not is up for debate, but the trajectory of his program is objectively impressive. The resurrected head coach just won 12 games, shellacked head coach Nick Saban’s Alabama in Tuscaloosa in unprecedented fashion, won the Big 12 title and made the College Football Playoff. The ceiling, at the very least, is already far higher than detractors placed it.
Some believed Texas was a place you couldn’t win at anymore. They viewed the Forty Acres as an untenable place for championship culture and development. How does the culture and development look now?
Any and all success Texas has achieved over the last season should be credited to Sarkisian. He built an elite staff, transformed recruiting at quarterback, offensive line, wide receiver, cornerback and edge, built a culture, developed players and is giving a schematic advantage that the program hasn’t seen in a long while. He’s not done yet.
Sarkisian has done a seemingly impossible task: After arguably the worst decade in program history, he has Texas “SEC ready” after just three seasons in Austin. But the job isn’t finished, and he’s aware. He’s borderline obsessed with maintaining a contender. His mentor Nick Saban likely ingrained that level of focus by example if not explicitly.
It will take obsession from Sarkisian to consistently compete at an SEC level while at Texas, but it appears he already understands that assignment. He will look to put together a second playoff run in as many seasons in 2024.
Steve Sarkisian: "I came here to win a championship. If I can get one, I want to get two. I'm borderline obsessed with it at this point. I know what it tasted like last year. I know how close we were, and I couldn't wait to get back. Hopefully that's what our team really starts…
— Inside Texas (@InsideTexas) February 7, 2024