Former Texas Longhorns turned national college football analyst Brian Jones is making some serious claims about the program.
The former University of Texas linebacker joined 104.9 The Horn, UT’s flagship radio station on Friday, and made eye-brow raising comments when he stated that donors are pressuring head coach Steve Sarkisian into making roster decision based on race.
“There’s a lack of trust in that locker room, because guys are being told one thing to their face and then other things are transpiring because of all the other cooks that are trying to manipulate this football program. So, I don’t know how it gets fixed other than pleading with these five or six heavy-handed donors to leave the damn football program alone.”
“I thought we were all in this to win. And there’s no way you’re going to win when you’re asking or trying to dictate to your head coach who plays and in some instances it’s crossing color lines, which is definitely unfortunate.”
“But I’m not terribly surprised there, either. All you have to do is revisit those emails last year, a year and a half ago when we were discussing The Eyes of Texas. So, it’s just a huge shame and it needs to stop right now.”
Jones would not go any further into the details of his accusations.
“I don’t want to be a detriment to that program, and therefore I’ve decided not to share that. At some point, I may be forced to put that out there. But I’m not going to do it.”
UT AD Chris Del Conte has since called Jones out for lying, according to Hook’Em.com.
“That’s completely untrue. None of that’s true. That’s the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard. Absolutely absurd.”
After losing on the road against West Virginia 31-23, Texas was officially eliminated from bowl contention for the first time since 2016. The Longhorns fell to 4-7 after losing six straight games for the first time since 1956.
His latest loss also means that Steve Sarkisian has officially clinched the worst record for a first-year head coach for the program since 1937.
Losing to Iowa State, West Virginia and Kansas is embarrassing for a once proud franchise.