Texas lost its fifth straight game on Saturday night, falling 57-56 in overtime to Kansas.
The Longhorns entered this outing as a 31-point favorite and were expected to run roughshod over a Jayhawks group that had accumulated all of one victory up until this weekend.
That didn’t end up happening.
Instead Texas recorded its first five-game losing streak in nearly 70 years, their fourth ever loss to Kansas in the history of the program, and their first such defeat at Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium.
In a season filled with abject embarrassment on top of abject embarrassment, Saturday night took the cake. And then just when it seemed like things couldn’t get any worse, head coach Steve Sarkisian’s stunning admission after the fact made them worse.
When asked whether players had tuned him out, Sarkisian replied: “I don’t know. You’d have to ask them that question.”
He was then pressed on whether he knew why players are seemingly not responding to him.
“At the moment, to pinpoint it, no,” he replied. “I don’t exactly know. I think every player is individualized to where they’re at. It’s probably not safe to put everybody in that category because I think we had a lot of guys that did play that way tonight. My job as the head coach is to get that instilled into our players. It’s not about waiting until next year, it’s about addressing those things this week so we can play in that manner this Saturday.”
That said, he tried to put on a brave face.
“We’ll keep fighting,” Sarkisian said. “Texas fight, we believe that. There’s not going to be the poor me’s. There’s not going to be…us not working to get better to improve. Just trust that fact that we’ll continue to fight and we’ll continue to work to play better football.”
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In a college football season that saw an SEC reporter being lambasted for her overly “revealing” wardrobe and clear bullying of team personnel, nothing has been as shocking to watch as Texas’ disastrous campaign.
Nobody expected a College Football Playoff run, but some level of mediocrity was thought to be a given. Clearly that was setting the bar too high, though.