Texas’ Steve Sarkisian sorry for lacking ‘The Eyes of Texas’

Texas coach Steve Sarkisian opened his Monday information convention following the Longhorns’ 41-34 loss to Oklahoma State by apologizing for not singing “The Eyes of Texas,” the college music, earlier than leaving the sector.

“As you know, I owe an apology to Longhorn Nation,” Sarkisian mentioned. “I made a mistake at the end of the game in not singing ‘The Eyes of Texas’ when the game was done. That was not anything intentional. That was not anything that had to do with our players. I think our players just followed me up the ramp into the locker room, obviously upset by the way the game ended.”

The music has been the topic of an argument over the previous few years as the college has reckoned with its origins in a minstrel present sung by performers in blackface. Former head coach Tom Herman was criticized for letting gamers select whether or not they needed to sing it or not.

At Sarkisian’s introductory press convention in Jan. 2021, he made a robust assertion that it’ll not be a query going ahead.

“I know this much, ‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school song,” he mentioned. “We’re going to sing that song. We’re going to sing that proudly.”

However on Saturday, after the loss, only some gamers remained on the field in Stillwater for the music.

Sarkisian mentioned. “I apologize to everybody for that. That’ll never happen again. But again, it was not intentional. It was not premeditated by any means. That was just a mistake on my part. Nothing to do with the players. They had followed my lead on that. So that won’t happen again.”

Sarkisian addressed the Longhorns’ loss to the Cowboys, during which that they had 14 penalties, their most since 2015, and misplaced a 14-point lead that they had within the second quarter. It was Sarkisian’s fifth loss during which he had a double-digit lead since 2021, essentially the most within the FBS in that span. It was additionally the Longhorns’ fifth straight highway loss, its second-longest highway dropping streak previously 80 years. Sarkisian mentioned he nonetheless sees enchancment and isn’t involved in regards to the pattern.

“It’s easy to look at the record,” mentioned Sarkisian, who’s 10-10 with Texas. “We’ve come a long way as a program. I feel very good about where we’ve come. I love our style of play. I think we play hard, we play tough. Like a lot of programs, I think we’re a work in progress. You know, a couple balls bounce a certain way and our record is different. I wouldn’t change how I feel about our program and the direction that we’re going in.”

And he addressed Saturday’s struggles by quarterback Quinn Ewers, who went 19 of 49 for 319 yards, with two touchdowns to 3 interceptions. His 15 overthrows have been essentially the most within the FBS previously three seasons.

“Would I have liked more precision in the passing game, does some of that responsibility fall on him? Yes,” Sarkisian mentioned. “Some of that responsibility falls on me. Some of it falls on the receivers, some that falls on the O-line, the running backs, everybody has to assume their own responsibility in that. There’s definitely room for growth.”

Sarkisian mentioned he by no means significantly thought of benching Ewers for Hudson Card.

“I think Quinn is wired the right way,” Sarkisian mentioned. “I think he’ll be the first one to tell you he would love to play better than he did.”

Texas has a bye week earlier than touring to Kansas State on Nov. 5.