Nick Saban gives Texas football HC Steve Sarkisian his stamp of approval

Steve Sarkisian, Nick Saban, Texas Football
Steve Sarkisian, Nick Saban, Texas Football /

A lot is being said about the Texas football program and the Oklahoma Sooners this week during SEC Media Days upon the move for the two schools to join the conference once they officially leave the SEC. But there is another connection between Texas to the SEC that is being talked about at SEC Media Days this week.

More specifically, the former Broyles Award winner and Alabama Crimson Tide offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian was being talked about in connection with head coach Nick Saban and the reigning Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Bryce Young. The second-year Texas head coach was talked about in high regard by both Saban and Young at SEC Media Days this week.

Saban specifically really gushed over Sarkisian when he was asked about the Texas head coach on July 19. He said during SEC Media Days that Sark was “one of the finest coaches” ever on his staff with the Crimson Tide.

Nick Saban speaks very highly of Texas football head coach Steve Sarkisian at SEC Media Days

Saban also mentioned that Sark did an “outstanding job” and that he was “good with player relations”. And one of the most notable parts was Saban saying that Sark is a “very good play caller on game day”.

On the player relations piece of that, it’s becoming more and more clear with the mounting evidence this offseason that Sark’s players respect him. And that is paying off on the recruiting trail with some of the results that Sark and the Longhorns have found for the 2023 class this summer.

In terms of the playcalling from Sark, we’ll see how good he is when Texas faces Alabama during the 2022 regular season on Sep. 10 in Austin. Sark and the Longhorns will face the defending National Champion runner-up Alabama in Week 2 of the regular season in a high-stakes game that could shape the entire fall for this team.

Yet, it’s still good to hear a coach so highly regarded as Saban speaking about Sark the way he did at SEC Media Days this week.

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Texas finished up last season with a record of 5-7 (3-6 Big 12), missing out on bowl season for the first time since 2016. Sark and the Longhorns will open up the 2022 regular season on Sep. 3 at home against Louisiana-Monroe.