After a rollercoaster of a season, Texas football ends the season at No. 19 in the AP Polls released Tuesday. The ranking marks the third time in four years that former Head Coach Tom Herman was able to have a Top 25 finish. As Herman's chapter closes, fans are excited about what Coach Steve Sarkisian will bring to the program.
The college football season ended with an absolute offensive explosion by the Alabama Crimson Tide with coach Sarkisian at the helm. Sarkisian was hired at the University of Texas on Jan. 2, the same day that former Head Coach Tom Herman was fired after only four seasons. The Alabama offensive coordinator agreed to the Texas job but finished coaching the title game Monday. Now, Sarkisian is all in at Texas.
ALL THESE PLAYS SARK!!! I WANT THEM ALL! https://t.co/3mIsw7XIvJ— Emmanuel Acho (@Emmanuel Acho) 1610417884.0
Alabama had the No. 1 ranked offense, according to Football Outsiders, a site that tracks advanced stats for college and professional football. The Crimson Tide offense—by almost every metric—was the best offense in college football this season. While part of that was thanks to their Heisman winner wide receiver, it cannot be understated how impressive the National Championship win was for the Tide. Monday was the second time in the Nick Saban Era at Alabama the Tide won the National Championship by 28 or more points (the first was in 2013 against Notre Dame).
All Gas No Brakes 🤘 @CoachSark— Texas Football (@Texas Football) 1610426947.0
After a decisive 55-23 bowl win over Colorado, a Top 25 spot was inevitable. At No. 19 the Longhorns trail fellow Big 12 teams No. 6 Oklahoma and No. 9 Iowa State. Texas A&M finished at No. 4 in the AP Polls as well. This is only the second time since 2010 that the Longhorns finish their season in the Top 20.
Live photo of Coach Steve Sarkisian on the Alabama sideline ready to #Hookem for the Texas Longhorns. https://t.co/sKgAa38MHp— a.g. (@a.g.) 1610425940.0
As the 2020 season comes to a close with the departure of Herman and Ehlinger, fans can hope that this time next year the Texas Longhorns and Head Coach Steve Sarkisian can be back where the coach was tonight: underneath the confetti and bringing Texas back to where it should be.
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Samsung might soon be making more moves in the Austin metro.
The tech giant, which made waves as it announced plans to build a $17 billion chip plant in Taylor in late 2021, might be looking to expand in the Northeast Austin area, according to an Austin Business Journal report.
ABJ said the South Korean company is seeking more tax breaks from nearby Taylor and Manor school districts. The company filed documents requesting Chapter 313 incentives related to the breaks Saturday, and ABJ said each district will review the requests separately on Tuesday.
"While we do not have specific plans to build at this time, the Chapter 313 application process is part of our long-term planning to evaluate the viability of potentially building additional fabrication plants in the U.S.," Samsung Austin Semiconductor LLC.'s director of communications, Michele Glaze, told the ABJ.
But Samsung has made headlines for more than just the $17 billion plant: In early 2022, the company caught heat for two separate spills of millions of gallons of wastewater into tributaries near its semiconductor plant.
While no expansion is promised, ABJ speculates that expansions could occur at the 1,200 acre planned Taylor factory or near the chipmaking factory on Austin's East Parmer Lane. Both expansions could bring even more revenue and job opportunities to Samsung's Texas home.
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