Throughout the history of its athletic department, the Texas Longhorns have been members of four different intercollegiate athletic conferences. Over the past 125 years, Texas has been a part of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Southwest Conference, and Big 12 Conference.
Steve Sarkisian inherited a tough schedule for the start of his tenure as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Much like Tom Herman, who drew the innocuous challenge of playing Maryland, Sarkisian has a pair of “trap” games to welcome him to the gig. Then the Big 12 slate hits him hard early with a road trip against Gary Patterson’s TCU Horned Frogs, bane of the Longhorn existence in the Big 12, the week before the season-defining Red River Shootout against an Oklahoma team with National Championship aspirations.
Tomorrow is a big day for the University of Texas. In addition to the Board of Regents' special meeting, the Horns will host a number of top targets for a BBQ/pool party on Friday evening. It's the last opportunity for the UT staff to get in front of some of its priorities before fall camp kicks off. Welcome to the new age.
Coaches often call recruiting the lifeblood of their programs, and some of the best recruiters in the nation call the Southeastern Conference home. Half of the SEC’s 14 members have brought in at least one composite top-10 class during the last four cycles. Several teams are staples within the top five, including Alabama, Georgia, and LSU.
On Monday, the University of Texas and University of Oklahoma made it clear to the Big 12 they wanted out of the conference. On Tuesday, the two schools officially signaled their intended destination.