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In the future after serving to Alabama seize the nationwide identify as soon as once more, Steve Sarkisian used to be officially presented as the top trainer of the Texas Longhorns. 

In his introductory press convention, the problem of the connection between the soccer group and the college track, “The Eyes of Texas,” used to be introduced up. However as Sarkisian sees it, it is not a topic in any respect.

“I do know this a lot, ‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our faculty track,” Sarkisian mentioned. “We’re going to sing that track. We’re going to sing that proudly.”

Some avid gamers’ loss of participation within the postgame taking part in of “The Eyes of Texas” this previous season underneath former trainer Tom Herman turned into a rolling controversy of varieties across the Longhorns. A number of avid gamers protested the track because of its racist origins. (The track used to be carried out at minstrel displays.) 

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte, who didn’t rent Herman, mentioned in October it used to be his expectancies “that our groups display appreciation for our college, fanatics and supporters through status in combination as a unified team for ‘The Eyes.'”

Later in October, the College of Texas Gadget Board of Regents issued a observation unequivocally announcing, “‘The Eyes of Texas’ is, and can stay, the legitimate college track.” 

On Tuesday, Sarkisian mentioned dialogue in regards to the college track and different problems are welcome, however that “‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our faculty track. We fortify that track.”

Steve Sarkisian, observed right here prior to Monday night time’s nationwide championship recreation, held his introductory press convention at Alabama on Tuesday. (Picture: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports activities)

Sarkisian, 44, might be a head trainer for the 3rd time. He prior to now served as head trainer of Washington from 2009-2013 and Southern California in 2014-15.

A fight with alcohol habit just about derailed his occupation. After a stint in rehab, “Sark” landed at Alabama for the 2016 season prior to spending two years because the offensive coordinator of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons. He returned to Alabama and served as the Purple Tide’s offensive coordinator the final two seasons. This 12 months’s group produced one of the crucial nice faculty soccer offenses of all time and earned Sarkisian the Broyles Award, given to university soccer’s easiest assistant trainer. 

Contributing: Austin American-Statesman, Related Press

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