Steve Sarkisian came to Texas with a lot of hype surrounding him.
Many hoped he would bring his unique brand of offensive scheming and razzle dazzle to a program that had been languishing for a long time.
Two years into the experiment, Sarkisian’s impact on the Longhorns has been a mixed bag. On one hand, his 8-5 mark this year is better than the 5-7 he went last year. On the other hand, one year prior to his arrival the team went 7-3.
This week, Sarkisian led his Texas group into an Alamo Bowl showdown against Washington. The Huskies controlled the outing from start to finish and ended up winning 27-20.
One particularly odd moment caught people’s attention, though. It involved a staffer innocently touching Sarkisian and him absolutely exploding over it.
Just chill out Sark pic.twitter.com/Ju9EdIdfTK
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) December 30, 2022
Responses to Sarkisian’s weird reaction were mixed, but he didn’t seem to earn much in the way of sympathy from folks.
Sark has joined Mike Gundy in not being a fan of regular people who are just doing their job. https://t.co/DE8r8hMSKs
— 𝙹𝙸𝙼𝙼𝚈 𝙶𝚁𝙴𝙴𝙽𝙱𝙴𝙰𝙽𝚂 (@soonersonly) December 30, 2022
Sark is such a loser pic.twitter.com/AzQJKfLbGR
— Barstool Sooners (@OUBarstool) December 30, 2022
get Sark back on the sauce.
dude needs to take the edge off.
— j warner (@Roto_Run) December 30, 2022
That said, some fans did muster a defense for his actions.
Headphone guy didn’t need to put his hand on Sark’s chest or continue to press it – that’s what he took exception to just as a lot of the same people bashing Sark would not be pleased with it if it were them pic.twitter.com/YxTAmKLRGB
— Lars Hanson (@LarsHanson) December 30, 2022
The whole thing probably would have gone over better had Texas beat Washington, but obviously that didn’t end up happening.
Despite completing 31 of 47 passing attempts for 368 yards, quarterback Quinn Ewers mustered just one touchdown pass.
For all the talk of Sarkisian’s offensive prowess, it hasn’t really presented itself thus far.
Texas fans haven’t had much to cheer about this year. One fan was so upset at a recent outing that she took her clothes off in disgust. But that is just how things have gone for the Longhorns in 2022.
The video speaks for itself. https://t.co/anhwUsbzVa
— Game 7 (@game7__) December 30, 2022
Obviously 2023 will be a new year and present fresh opportunities.
But at some point, Sarkisian is going to need to start winning.
If he doesn’t, he may follow Tom Herman out the door a lot sooner than any expected.