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The biggest factor in Arch Manning coming to Texas

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"Nelson Stewart, head coach at Isidore Newman, told me today [Steve] Sarkisian and AJ Milwee did the best job of any school building authentic and genuine relationship with Arch Manning."

PETE THAMEL, ESPN SENIOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRITER
Steve Sarkisian during a Monday morning press conference answering a question from us. (photo Horns Illustrated)

The sports world most anticipated event sent shock waves throughout the country on Jun 23, 2022 at 11:16 A.M. when Arch Manning made it crystal clear that he has committed to The University of Texas. Manning's decision and announcement melted social media and national news, as it should.

Pete Thamel, ESPN Senior College Football Writer, joined Max Kellerman on ESPN College Football This Just In YouTube Channel to discuss the epic news and share what Manning's head coach at Isidore Newman said.

Something about Steve Sarkisian you may not know. During the season on Monday's and usually Thursdays we get to meet with coach Sarkisian for his LHN press conference and pre-game presser. There usually is 15-20 reporter in the room and it does not matter who you are or what question you ask, Sarkisian makes you feel like you are the only person in that room.

He never gives quick 'next question' answers and looks at you as if he was on your show doing a one-on-one interview. It is remarkable to be a part of and it is 100% genuine. The above photo is of Coach Sarkisian answering one of our questions.

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Arch Manning coming to Texas because of the relationship Sarkisian and Milwee built makes perfect sense. Bijan Robinson commented last season when asked about his relationship with Sarkisian saying they had an excellent relationship and in fact Sarkisian recruited him to play for Alabama when Robinson was in high school. So he was over joyed that Sarkisian was at Texas and has an enormous amount of respect for him and all the coaches.

Who is Steve Sarkisian? Here are a few words from Chris Del Conte last year during the Zoom press conference when he announce Sarkisian would be the new head coach of the Texas Longhorns. Listen to how Del Conte describes Sarkisian, then hear what Sarkisian says first about his parents. He has an enormous amounts of respect for everyone, especially his players and staff and it starts with his mom and dad.

We first said this in a press conference and it bears repeating: "Coach Sarkisian and his staff are 'Coaching Juggernauts!"

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