Texas AD urges Longhorns fans not to ‘splinter’ but support football coach Steve Sarkisian amid losing skid

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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte urged Longhorns supporters on Tuesday not to “splinter or pull apart” but rather aid very first-yr football mentor Steve Sarkisian and the players through the program’s worst losing streak in 65 yrs.

“I know we’re all actually dissatisfied, and there is certainly a lot remaining mentioned, but this is not a time to splinter or pull apart in any way. We have to have to stay constructive and continue to be united as a Longhorn Family members,” Del Conte wrote in his weekly information.

“We know there are much better times in advance, and I know y’all will carry on to be the wind beneath our wings to enable direct us there,” Del Conte additional.

Texas, which started the period ranked No. 21, has misplaced five straight. That includes Saturday’s 57-56 time beyond regulation reduction to Kansas, which hadn’t received on the street in the Huge 12 due to the fact 2008, a streak of 56 online games.

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Texas’ skid is the program’s worst considering the fact that a 1-9 period in 1956. The Longhorns ought to get their ultimate two online games from West Virginia and Kansas State to turn out to be qualified for a bowl.

Del Conte wrote a lot more than 700 phrases defending Sarkisian, his employees and the players. The information mentioned the substantial price of attrition from remarkably ranked recruiting lessons in 2018 and 2019 a flu outbreak that held more than 25 players out of apply during portion of past week and season-ending accidents to tailback Bijan Robinson and defensive back again Josh Thompson.

“This just isn’t to cast any blame or make excuses it can be just factual that we have some authentic depth issues,” Del Conte wrote.

He also strongly instructed that Sarkisian will not be questioned to make alterations to his staff members in the offseason. Sarkisian is in the 1st yr of a 6-year certain agreement that’s really worth about $34 million.

“We have a group of coaches who are demonstrated and have a prosperity of expertise. They have all succeeded at the highest degree. They will help us do that below, too. The men are battling their butts off on the area, and we have a really superior team of university student-athletes providing it all they have,” Del Conte wrote.

Sarkisian, a previous head coach at Washington and USC, was the offensive coordinator the former two seasons at Alabama and won the 2020 national championship with the Crimson Tide.

He moved to Austin after Texas fired Tom Herman following four successful seasons and 4 bowl wins but no Huge 12 championships.

“Coach Sark is developing a culture, he has a huge group of coaches with him, and we are supplying just about every ounce of support we can muster to help them redirect our plan,” Del Conte wrote.