Chris Del Conte defends coach Steve Sarkisian again after loss at West Virginia

Texas sports director Chris Del Conte publicly defended the coach Steve Sarkisian after the team’s shocking home defeat to Kansas. Fast forward a week and Texas lost another close game in West Virginia, 31-23. That prompted Del Conte to mention a conversation with Sarkisian the two had after losing that week 40 hectares insider.

“After the hard-won 31-23 loss in West Virginia, I watched some of our student athletes, some younger and other veterans, speak to the media with Coach Sark after the game,” Del Conte wrote in part. “I’m still so impressed with the way they treat themselves and represent our program. And I know that we have the right man in Coach Sark who answered a question about dealing with adversity and outside noise during the press conference on Monday.

“I agree with his feelings: ‘I’m built for this. That’s how I feel; That’s what I’m built for. You know, there is a lot coming your way, and I think my persistence, my way of dividing some of the issues we have faced, directly reflects how our team deals with some of the things we face been. And ultimately, many of the things we’ve been through this year will be really good for us (and will harden us for potential things that will come out on the streets).

“We are Texas Tough and will recover. The pride and victorious tradition of the Texas Longhorns is not entrusted to the weak or the shy. We’re designed to take on whatever challenge we’re faced with, and our team got straight back to work this week. “

Sarkisian’s loss at Morgantown was the first regular season loss since 1937 from a Texas head coach in the first year. According to Shehan Jeyarajah of CBS Sports, the last Texas head coach to suffer this result was Dana X. Bible who saw the Longhorns play 2-6-1 in his first year as head coach 84 years ago.

That statistic isn’t the only less-than-glamorous from the 2021 season that has not been seen in Texas in a while. The longhorns’ six-game losing streak is the team’s longest since 1956, a campaign that saw Texas lose eight games in a row to end the year en route to a 1-9 finish. Texas did not win a Southwest Conference game that year, and a change of coach was made when Ed Price was replaced by future legendary coach Darrell K. Royal Just in time for the 1957 season. Royal led the Longhorns to several national championships over a tenure that lasted until the 1976 season.

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But right now there are more questions than answers for Sarkisian and the Longhorns. The national media showered Sarkisian with less-than-flattering attitudes on another Saturday. If Texas fails to beat Kansas State at home in the team’s season finale next weekend, the Longhorns will finish with four or fewer wins for the fourth time since that terrible 1956 season.

Dean Straka contributed to this report.

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