‘Bad Apples’: Steve Sarkisian Rips Unnamed Texas Players From 2021 Team

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Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian wasn’t impressed by some members on the 2021 roster.

The Longhorns limped to a 5-7 record last season and suffered embarrassing losses to Arkansas, Iowa State and Kansas along the way.

In Sarkisian’s eyes, one of the issues was that there were some “warts” and “bad apples” on the team.

Steve Sarkisian talks about “warts” and “bad apples” on the 2021 roster. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

“The kids knew not everybody in that locker room was all-in last year. I think they could feel it, and they wanted to weed out some of the warts, some of the bad apples,” Sarkisian told ESPN.

Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian talks about “warts” and “bad apples” on the 2021 roster. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

He further added, “I think they got a sense of reality about some of the things we were talking about and trying to instill last offseason. I don’t know how much they gave credence to it, and then those same things reared their ugly head in-season. They came back in January with this mindset of, ‘We’ve got to take these things to heart because they will show up again.’ They’ve made that investment and bought into every aspect of it, and you can feel it amongst our team.”

Will Texas improve in 2022? (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

You know things are less than ideal when a coach calls unnamed players on an old roster “warts” and “bad apples.”

Generally speaking, coaches like to keep their dirty laundry behind closed doors. When things like this go public, it only creates more questions than it answers.

What is Steve Sarkisian’s future in Austin? (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

However, there’s no doubt Texas appears to be trending in the right direction. Sarkisian is building a culture in Texas, he has Quinn Ewers back in the state and there seems to be positive buzz around the team.

That’s a lot different than dealing with “warts” and “bad apples.”

Texas fans are optimistic about the 2022 season. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

Now, the clock is definitely ticking on seeing some success under the Sarkisian regime. With Arch Manning arriving next season, he has at least a couple more years of a runway before he absolutely needs to be putting up monster results on the field.

Texas football fans have high hopes for the 2022 season. (Photo by David K Purdy/Getty Images)

If 2024 gets here and the Longhorns are still struggling, Steve Sarkisian will have a lot more than “warts” and “bad apples” to worry about.

Written by David Hookstead

David Hookstead is a reporter for OutKick covering a variety of topics with a focus on football and culture.

He also hosts of the podcast American Joyride that is accessible on Outkick where he interviews American heroes and outlines their unique stories. Before joining OutKick, Hookstead worked for the Daily Caller for seven years covering similar topics.

Hookstead is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin.

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