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Joel Klatt Thinks Texas Has The Talent To Succeed, Even With A Tough Slate of Games

Steve Sarkisian is the new reason for hope at Texas, but does the coach have the roster talent to make a difference in Year One? Fox Sports analyst Joel Klatt sure seems to think so.

And Klatt thinks so, despite a brutal upcoming schedule for the Longhorns.

“I think Texas could be really good,” Klatt said on the Fox CFB’s Number One Show. “This is not the year you want that low key, tough, non-conference schedule because here’s what a schedule like that does — it puts an immense amount of pressure on the coaching staff and the players because everyone thinks, based off of brands, that they should just walk through those games.

“So even if they struggle and when, people are going to be like, ‘What’s wrong with Texas?’ When you and I know that those are actually decently tough games, in particular for a guy in his first year.“

The Longhorns open the season Sept. 4 vs. Louisiana, then visit Arkansas in the SEC the following week. After that, it’s a whole lot of Big 12 games — always a tall task to try to tackle.

But again, Klatt said Sarkisian has plenty with which to work, making the Longhorns a team to watch.

“They’ve got a great staff, they’re recruiting very well and they’re very talented,” Klatt continued. “It’s not like (former coach Tom Herman) left the cupboard bare. They’ve recruited very well, they just didn’t get a lot out of their overall talent base.

“If you look at their overall talent base, it was I believe in the Top 4 in the country last year. Georgia was the top talent base in the country and (the Longhorns) were in the Top 4. That’s still there, so Steve’s going to have the ability to succeed.”

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and NBA.com, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side, FortyEightMinutes.com.

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  1. I think CFB needs Texas to step up – college football is better with UT in the CFP mix. I wish them the best and am really glad Sark got a second chance.

    But here we are in June…and yet again the Longhorns are being propped up. Their fan base is awesome but are more delusional than Notre Dame fans…just sayin’.

    Maybe sometime soon the Longhorn Network will air a “202X Season in Review” that UT fans will actually want to watch. Until then, we’ll wait for them to qualify for the CFP.

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