Just four days away from the start of the regular season, Texas football and head coach Steve Sarkisian are drawing closer to game time for the opener against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks on Sep. 3. Five days ahead of the regular season opener, on Aug. 29, Sark faced the media for his first press conference of game week.
And one of the main topics on the minds of the media members and the Longhorns faithful during Sark’s media availability early this week was the potential release of the first depth chart of the season.
But it doesn’t look as if we’re going to get a depth chart from Sark this week ahead of the regular season opener against ULM. Multiple reports have indicated that not only will Sark “not provide a depth chart before the season opener this week”, but he’s also “not expected to provide a depth chart at all this season”.
Yet, I do want to mention that the reasoning behind Sark choosing not to release a depth chart to the public this week is not known. And this is certainly something that could change depending on the circumstances moving forward this fall.
Steve Sarkisian not releasing a depth chart for Texas football in Week 1 is not a big deal
Sark choosing not to release a depth chart this week and potentially avoiding doing so at all this season definitely created quite the rouse on social media. Twitter seemingly went off over something that is pretty minuscule in terms of its impact on the game this week.
John McClain was one writer, in particular, that had quite the firey reaction to Texas not releasing a depth chart during game week. He went on an absolute tweet storm on Aug. 29 saying that this is one of the “dumbest things I’ve ever heard” and that someone like Darrell Royal or Mack Brown would never not put out a depth chart on game week.
This clearly got to McClain more than just about any other person in the media this week. In fact, this looks like one of the more overblown reactions I’ve ever seen to news that just doesn’t matter all that much in the grand scheme of things.
The fact of the matter is that Sark and the Longhorns are facing a team this weekend in UL-Monroe that they are favored to beat by more than 37 points. This game is likely going to be a blowout, and Sark said in media availability on Aug. 29 that he is planning on getting the twos (and even possibly the threes) plenty of reps against UL-Monroe.
All in all, Texas fans likely aren’t going to care about Sark not releasing a depth chart this week (or all season long for that matter) as long as this team shows improvement on the field this fall.
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 open up the regular season this weekend against ULM at home on Sep. 3, with kickoff time set for 7 p.m. CT.