Texas lineman Moro Ojomo on break from talking to media

Moro Ojomo called Texas' team culture to great dismay for coach Steve Sarkisian.

Moro Ojomo called Texas’ team culture to great dismay for coach Steve Sarkisian.

As a journalist, I am always skeptical when someone is not allowed to speak. So when I read that Texas senior defensive lineman Moro Ojomo is taking a break from Steve Sarkisian’s compulsion to talk to reporters “for a while” after criticizing Longhorn’s culture, my immediate reaction was to question why.

Here’s first what Ojomo said about his younger teammates and the mood in Austin (by ESPN).

They are 18- to 22-year-olds who want to chase women, want to chase money, want to chase alcohol, and they do not see the future. They are distracted by what is in front of them. It’s so hard, especially guys who have not been in a winning culture.

They always talk about getting in here and changing things. It’s like ingrained. You’re uprooting, huh? 10 years of shit that has just been released.

Now, here’s Sarkisian’s explanation for cutting off a fifth-year senior who’s been to university longer than he has.

“It’s a little discouraging that a guy comes up with a statement, and all of a sudden we have a team full of guys who like to do things outside of the program that we do not adhere to.

“He should not have done that in public. If you are a family, you do not go out and talk about family business. You take care of things internally. I think his intentions were right, but the delivery and the forum he used were bad. “

I pretty much agree that calling teammates out in the media creates a distraction, and it was not fair to Ojomo’s teammates to speak on their behalf. That said, he did not mention anyone specifically, and that kind of honesty means a lot more that they come from a peer than it does from a coach. And Ojomo said so much, according to 247 Sports.

“No matter what senior class changes the tide for Texas, it will be extremely memorable because it is the players. Coaches come and go. Players must take a stand and say, ‘Enough is enough. Seven-and-six BS Texas no longer happens. We have the ability. We have the talent. Get your mind right. We have to win.”

It sounds like Ojomo is asking for a little accountability, but he’s the only one who got it. Also note that Sark did not directly deny the allegations from his player. If this culture has not already been addressed internally, it should be. If it was, it clearly did not take, because there is irrevocably a problem. The long list of embarrassing stories and the even longer list of embarrassing losses are more than enough proof that the program lacks guidance and management.

Alone in the 2021 season, they had something called #MonkeyGate, when an assistant coach’s stripper girlfriend’s pet monkey attacked a trick-or-treater. (She blamed the child.) A coach lost his shit on the team bus after their loss to Iowa State, and his tirade was filmed by one of the players he scolded. who posted it online. Sark and wide receiver Joshua Moore got into an argument during training. Moore transferred. Like on again, off-again starting quarterback Casey Thompson. The team finished 5-7 despite constantly strained recruitment classes. That record was good for seventh in the Big 12. Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Baylor, Iowa State and West Virginia all finished the season ahead of Texas.

That said, a bunch of alums withhold donations because they are sad that they can not mitigate the school’s racist song before each game speaks to a stray fanbase. Submissive to direct bad teams have been the norm in Austin since Mack Brown traveled, so maybe they are not aware that their team is a clown show despite the circus unfolding in front of them.

If I’m a Sarkisian, I’m ecstatic that one of my seniors is tired of his teammates behaving as if they were Gods gift to football, and emphatically expressed his dissatisfaction with their justified behavior. Sark does not have that kind of juice in the locker room, and what if Ojomo does not have it either. (Although he can now.)

My lord, someone gives this defensive lineman a podium and a microphone and clears out. He said something true, and what will you do now, close his case?

Nah, promote him to team captain, line him up to perform in a few podcasts, support him, listen to him. Anything but making him silent.

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