It’s a big season for Steve Sarkissian.
With a six-game losing streak, his first season in Texas management ended with a heavy blow. At 5-7, the Longhorns missed a ball game, which could have been avoided if they just found a way to beat enemy Kansas in overtime.
Now he has to face the program that helped win the 2020 National Championship as Crimson Tide Coordinator. He will be just one of many familiar faces on the local touchline at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium when he visits Alabama on Saturday at 11 a.m.
The Longhorns also have special teams coach Jeff Banks, defensive line coach Bo Davis, offensive coordinator/offensive coach Kyle Flood, and quarterback coach AJ Milwee.
Among the players are also backrunner Keilan Robinson, wide receiver Agiye Hall and tight end hanging Jahleel Billingsley.
As for how many people may remain in Texans when it eventually joins the Southeast Conference, it’s hard to say because preventing early release from his legal obligations is set to happen until 2025. This applies to coaches as well as Texans fans. They are known for their patience.
Sarkissian is the third coach since the Longhorns won the Big 12 title in 2009, losing to Alabama in a BCS Championship game at the Rose Bowl. When he was hired, the school didn’t even wait for Crimson Tide to play in the title game against Ohio State to announce the appointment of the 2020 Broyles Award winner for Best Assistant Coach in college football. He previously served as head coach for Southern California and Washington, and offensive coordinator for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons.
During his two full seasons in Tuscaloosa, Alabama scored 35 or more points in 24 consecutive games, the longest streak in major college football history. It was cut short in the College Football Playoff semifinals, when Alabama defeated Notre Dame by 31-14, and for its appearance, Crimson Tide defeated Ohio State 52-24.
Alabama averaged 48.5 points per game in 2020, including the league’s record of five 50-point performances against SEC opponents. He also scored 52 goals against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
The offensive Crimson Tide players thus won the Hesiman Cup, Walter Camp Award, Maxwell Award, Biletnikoff Award, Doak Walker Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Outland Trophy, Rimington Award, and Joe Moore’s streak for Outstanding Offensive Line Unit.
This is what the Texans hope to break and can eventually enjoy with Sarkissian.
However, for nearly 50 years, it has been Alabama that has looked to Texas to help reinvent itself, launching a second breed run by Paul W. Bear Bryant.
A former Oklahoma All-American quarterback under Bud Wilkinson, Royal was initially head coach at Mississippi (1954-1955) and Washington (1956) before taking over the Longhorns in 1957.
Royal is credited with two innovations that put Texas ahead of the rest of the nation in offensive strategy: the “Flip-Flop Winged-T” in 1962 and the Wishbone in 1968 – which Bryant taught him.
His Texas teams have won 11 Southwest Conference Championships.
He led the Longhorns to 16 poles, and to the National Championships in 1963, 1969 and 1970.
Royal’s 23-year record of 184-60-5 reflected his phenomenal success in the field. The Longhorns finished in the top ten, 77 players had won All-SWC honors, and 26 All-Americans were selected.
Royal was twice named Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association, and twice won the same distinction from the American Football Book of the Year.
Royal retired as coach of the Long Century after the 1976 season, but remained in the position of athletic director until 1980. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 1983.
Brown was already inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame although he is still coaching, doing a second assignment in North Carolina (1988-1997 the other).
However, it was in Texas from 1998-2013 that Brown had his greatest success including winning the 2005 National Championship.
His 76.7 percent win percentage is a milestone for the program, and his 158 career wins are second only to Royal.
The 2009 Big 12 coach won two conference titles (2005, 2009), four Big 12 South Division titles and led the Longhorns to another BCS National Championship appearance after the 2009 season, losing Texas to Nick Saban and Alabama at the Rose Bowl.
Brown was named National Coach of the Year twice in Texas, won more than 10 games in nine consecutive seasons, and his team finished 13 games in 25th place, including seven in the top 10.
He set a record 12 consecutive wins in 21 Conferences from 2004-06, and led the Longhorns to the Bow Games in all but one season, winning 10.
Before coming out of retirement to join the Tar Heels, Brown had coached 37 first-team All-Americans, six All-American academics, 110 All-Conference first-team picks, and 11 conference players of the year.
He has also coached Heisman Award winner Ricky Williams, and four NFF National Scholar-Athletes athletes, including Campbell Cup winners Sam Ash and Dallas Griffin.
If you ever want to start an argument between a Texas A&M fan, ask them which school has the best Bible right, and who has had a formidable coaching career at both schools.
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His resume included Mississippi College (1913-1915), LSU (1916), Texas A&M (1917, 1919-28), Nebraska (1926-1936), and Texas (1937-46), for a combined record of 198- 72-23 over 33 years old.
In Texas, the Bible went 55-13-2 during his last seven seasons as head coach. He also served on the National Collegiate Football Rules Committee for 25 years, and was president of the American Football Coaches Association.
Texas Longhorns coach
years name records
No coach 1893 4-0-0
R.D. Wentworth 1894; 6-1-0
Frank Crawford 1895; 5-0-0
Harry Robinson 1896; 4-2-1
Mike Kelly 1897; 6-2-0
David F. Edwards 1898; 5-1-0
Morris C. Clark 1899; 6-2-0
Shy Thompson 1900-01; 14-2-1
J.P. Hart 1902; 6-3-1
Ralph Hutchinson 1903-05; 16-7-2
H.R. Schenker 1906; 9-1-0
We Metzenthen 1907-08; 11-5-1
Dexter Draper 1909; 4-3-1
W.S. Wasmund 1910; 6-2-0
Dave Allerdis 1911-15; 33-7-0
Eugene van Gent 1916; 7-2-0
Bill Juno 1917-19; 19-7-0
Perry Whitaker 1920-22; 22-3-1
E. J. Stewart 1923-26; 24-9-3
Clyde Littlefield 1927-1933; 44-18-6
Jack Cheveny 1934–1936; 13-14-2
DX Bible 1937-46; 63-31-3
Blair Cherry 1947-50; 32-10-1
Ed Price 1951-56; 33-27-1
Daryl Royal 1957–1976; 167-47-5
Fred Akers 1977-86; 86-31-2
David McWilliams 1987-91; 31-26-0
John Makovich 1992-97; 41-28-2
Mac Brown 1998-2013; 158-48-0
Charlie Strong 2014-16; 16-21-0
Tom Hermann 2017-20; 23-13-0
Steve Sarkissian 2021 – Present 5-7
Texas Longhorns Coaching Awards
Paul W. “Bear” Bryant Award: Mac Brown 2005
Eddie Robinson Award: Daryl Royal 1961, 1963
Bobby Dodd Award: Mac Brown 2008
AFC: Daryl Royal 1963, 1971 (tie with Charles McClendon, LSU)
Frank Broyles Assistant Coach of the Year: Greg Davis 2005
Texas Longhorns Assistant Coaches
Ron Aiken 1997, Fred Akers 1966-74, Duane Akina 2001-2013, Shorty Alderson 1925-34, ’45-46, Lynn Amedee 1989-91, Major Applewhite, 2008-13, Chris Ash, 2020
Buster Baebel 1935, Jeff Banks 2021-present, Nelson Barnes 1994-96, Tim Beck 2017-19, Vance Bedford 2014-16, Emory Bellard 1967-71, Steve Bernstein 1992-97, Ed Bluestein 1924, Rob Boras 1997, Jay Boulware 2020, Phil Bounds 1981, Bob Boyd 1989-91, Don Breaux 1975-76, Tim Brewster 1998-2001, Steve Brickey 1987-91, BD Bryan 1921, Cleve Bryant 1992-94, Jack Burns 1976
Dan Campbell 1982-86, Mike Campbell 1957-76, Bruce Chambers 1998-2014, Blair Cherry 1937-46, Gene Chesick 2005-06, Jeff Chutt 2021-present, Thachard’s pick 2021-present, James Clay 1916, Russell Covey 1960 – 66, Andre Coleman, 2020-present; Scott Conley 1982-85, Pat Culpeper 1963-64, Ike Curtis 1946-54, Homer Curtis 1900-05
Ken Dabbs 1973-82, Jane Dalquist 1992-97, Gary Darnell 1992-96, Art Davis 1963, Bo Davis 2011-13, 2021-present, Greg Davis 1998-2010, Mike Dell 1995-97, Manny Diaz 2011-13, John DeBrill 1934-36, Billy Desch 1911-12, Tim Doerre 1969-76, Daryl Drake 1998-2003, Stan Drayton 2017-21, Bill Dubos 1951-54, Spike Dykes 1972-76
Bill Ellington 1959-1973 Tom Ellis 1966-69 Oaks Emerson 1951-56 H.G. Ettlinger 1913-19 Sonny Everett 1976
Fyle Flood 2021-present, Tommy Ford 1965, Leon Fuller 1977-81, ’89 -93
Blake Gideon 2021-present, Sterlin Gilbert 2016, Oscar Giles 2005-13, 2017-20, Polly Gilstrap 1937-56, Mike “Bucky” Goodbolt 1992-96, Hebei Goodman 1917, Jack Gray 1935-41, ’46-49
Mark Hagen 2020, Clovis Hill 1987-91, Brick Haley 2015-16, Herb Hand 2018-20, Ralph Harris 1984-85, Brian Harsin 2011-12, Michael Haywood 2003-04, Jim Helms 1969-72, Bill Hicks 1986- 88, Fred House Holder 1907-08, Coleman Hatzler 2020
Carl Jackson 1997, Bill James 1925-34, Clarence James 1987-91, Brian Jean Marie 2014-16, Clay Jennings 2016, Paul Jett 1986-88, Anthony Johnson, 2016, T Jones 1956-62, Terry Gospey 2021 to date, Buddy Jungmichel 1947-53
Mike Caro 1927-35, Steve Kazor 1977-78, Ed Kelly 1953-54, Mike Kelly 1898, Bobby Kennedy 2004-08, GT King, 1950-52, ’54-56, Jack Keeser 1987-91, Les Quinning 2014 Kwiatkowski House 2121 to date
Charlie Lee 1977-80, Clyde Littlefield 1920-26, ’36-42, ’45-48, Alan Lowry 1977-81
Larry McDuff 2007, Leon Manley 1966-74, 77-85, Brennan Marion 2022-present, Alvin Matthews 1972-73, Matt Mattox 2016, Hardy Macri 1998-2003, CC McNeil 1909-10, David McWilliams 1970-85, Mac McWhorter 2002-08, Coby Meekins 2017-19, Drew Mehringer 2017-19, WE Metzenthin 1906, Bill Michael 1986, Mike Michalske 1955-56, AJ Milwee 2021-present, John Mize 1977-85, ’87-91, Will Muschamp 2008-10, Tim Moynihan 1934-35
Craig Nivar 2017-19, Rex Norris 1992-93, Jay Norville 2015, Tim Nunes 1998-2002
Todd Orlando 2017-19
Dwayne Pinter 1986, Mike Parker 1977-84, Lucien Parish 1907-08, George Patterson 1914, Pat Patterson 1967-76, Grape Ben 1921, Jim Bateman 1957-65, Bryant Paul 1987-88, Larry Porter 2013, Ed Price 1936- 41, ’46 -50
Tommy Reux 1982-86, Karl Reese 1998-2003, Craig Ryder 1981, Richard Ritchie 1977-79, Burton Rex 1911-13, Greg Robinson 2004, Tommy Robinson 2014-15, Danny Rocco 1994-97, Randy Rodgers 1992-97, Milton Romney 1922, Ken Rucker 2005-07, Chris Rumpf 2014
Bob Schulz 1955-65, Stacey Searles 2011-13, Charlie Seddon 1920-23, Charlie Shera 1957-66, Bob Stanley 1986, Jack Swarthot 1957-58, Glenn Swenson 1971-1975
Bruce Taylor 1982, Ronnie Thompson 1982-85, Mike Tolson 1998-08, Ron Thoman 1981-85, Dick Tommy 2004, Eddie Trinkman 1915, Ted Toomey 1936
Jay Vallay 2020 to date, Jane van Gent 1919, Chris Vaughn 2014-15
Alex Waite 1923-24, Scott Walker 1986, Charley Waller 1955-56, Derek Warehime 2017-19, Bob Warmack 1977-80, Jason Washington 2017-19, Pat Watson 1992-94, Shawn Watson 2014-15, Berry Whitaker 1919, Joe Wicklin 2014-15, Joseph Weir 1913, Charlie Williams 2016, Brenice Williams 1974-76, Ray Welsey 1957-59, Everett Withers 1998-2000, Bobby Jack Wright 1986-97, Daryl White 2011-13
Mike Jurcic 2020
Willie Light 1964-1975
Portions of this post originated from the book Huddle Up: Texas Football. This is the first story in a series that will examine the history of the Longhorns football program and what it will bring to the Southeastern Conference.