Texas’ Steve Sarkisian and Florida State’s Mike Norvell Stay Committed Amid Speculation of Alabama Coaching Vacancy

Austin, Texas – Following rumors of their potential departure to Alabama, Texas football coach Steve Sarkisian and Florida State coach Mike Norvell took to social media to reaffirm their commitment to their respective schools. The coaching vacancy at Alabama is now focused on Washington’s Kalen DeBoer, according to sources. It has also been reported that Tide offensive coordinator Tommy Rees will be interviewed for the position.

Sarkisian, in a video posted by the Texas football program on social media, expressed his dedication to the University of Texas and his goal of winning championships. Norvell, on the other hand, took to his own account to celebrate being a Florida State Seminole and expressed gratitude for the continued support he has received from the university.

According to ESPN sources, Norvell is set to receive a new eight-year contract worth over $10 million per season. Texas is also said to be working on an extension for Sarkisian, who signed a multi-million dollar contract with the Longhorns in 2021.

Sarkisian, who previously served as Alabama’s offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, led the Longhorns to a successful season with a 12-2 record, a Big 12 title, and a CFP semifinal appearance. However, their playoff journey ended with a loss to Washington in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

It is worth noting that both Sarkisian and Norvell have ties to Alabama. Sarkisian was previously an off-field analyst for the Crimson Tide, while Norvell served as a graduate assistant under coach Nick Saban.

In the search for Saban’s replacement, Oregon coach Dan Lanning, who was also a potential candidate, announced his commitment to stay with the Ducks through a video posted on social media. Lanning’s decision not to pursue the Alabama job leaves the focus on DeBoer as the leading candidate.

To summarize, Sarkisian and Norvell have reaffirmed their commitments to Texas and Florida State, respectively, putting an end to speculation about their potential move to Alabama. Both coaches are now focused on building successful programs at their current schools, while Alabama continues its search for a new head coach.