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Texas was in the market for a new head coach after the Tom Herman era came to abrupt end after four years of mediocrity. You could only stomach the phrase “winning is hard” for so long.

The Longhorns did not lack the talent as they signed multiple top three recruiting classes in the nation under Herman. It was the player development aspect that was severely lacking over the last several seasons. On top of that, Texas looked extremely undisciplined on the field at times.

First-year head coach Steve Sarkisian is looking to bring a winning culture to Austin after stints with the Atlanta Falcons and Alabama Crimson Tide. On January 2, 2021 the Longhorns hired Sarkisian and he’s been “All Gas No Brakes” since arriving to the Forty Acres.

Where does Sarkisian land in terms of each new head coach that was hired throughout the offseason? Athlon Sports recently ranked all of college football’s newest coaches and Sarkisian is very high on the list. One other Big 12 hire was included as well.

Take a look at Athlon Sports’ top 10 head coaching hires this year:

Jedd Fisch, Arizona

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Maurice Linguist, Buffalo

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Terry Bowden, University of Louisiana Monroe

Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

Shane Beamer, South Carolina

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Charles Huff, Marshall

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Kane Wommack, South Alabama

Jody Link/Pensacola News Journal

Butch Jones, Arkansas State

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Josh Heupel, Tennessee

Caitie McLekin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool

Blake Anderson, Utah State

Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Andy Avalos, Boise State

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Will Hall, Southern Miss

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Bret Bielema, Illinois

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Gus Malzahn, UCF

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Bryan Harsin, Auburn

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Lance Leipold, Kansas

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Clark Lea, Vanderbilt

Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Sarkisian, Texas

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