Steve Sarkisian Austin American-Statesman

When legendary head coach Nick Saban suddenly decided to retire from the Alabama Crimson Tide following the 2023-24 college football season, Texas Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian was immediately thought to be one of the candidates to become the next head coach at Alabama. But it doesn’t sound like he considered it for very long.

During a recent interview, Steve Sarkisian claimed that he thought about taking the Alabama job for “all of about 60 seconds” before deciding that he would rather remain with the Longhorns.

“Naturally, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t think about it,” Sarkisian told ESPN. “But it took me all of about 60 seconds to say, ‘Yeah, I’m not doing that.’ I had an awesome two years at Alabama and loved my time under Coach Saban, but ultimately you want to reap what you sow.

“We’ve poured a ton into this program for three years, and we’re on the cusp, I think, of going on a run that will be epic. I believe that. Our staff does, and our players do, too, just the support we have and the culture we’ve created here. Why leave something like that?”

Obviously, Sarkisian is doing well at Texas after leading the team to the College Football Playoff last year. It sounds like he wants to continue building upon that success.