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Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian mocks Constant Arch Manning trade rumors

Like clockwork, almost every time Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning’s name is mentioned, it has to do with one of two wrong things.

The first is whether there is a QB controversy in Austin, and whether he should start Quinn Ewers in 2024, a stance that is largely based on a performance by Manning in a spring scrimmage.

The other, and much more prevalent, ‘rumor’ surrounding the redshirt freshman is the narrative that since he is not the starter, he should enter the transfer portal and find a new home where he can start immediately.

Of course, none of those things happened. Ewers remains the starter, as he should, and Manning has remained in his place as a backup until he leaves for the NFL.

And when asked about the constant narratives surrounding Manning, Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian decided to poke some fun at the idea.

Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning warms up before the game against the BYU Cougars in

Texas Longhorns quarterback Arch Manning warms up before the game against the BYU Cougars in / Jay Janner/American-Statesman / USA

“This makes me laugh. Everyone praises Arch for staying in Texas. He’s going into his second year.” Sarkisian said in an interview with Josh Pate. “What do you mean? But that’s the mentality. Good for Arch and he’s going to hold up for Texas in year two and I think, that’s part of the process. We’re developing him to play and be a great football player and a great leader and will be. But that’s where we are.

Manning, of course, has never hinted at his desire to find another place to play, and the plan was always that he would succeed Ewers after the 2024 season and have three years of starting eligibility.

That’s also aside from the fact that Manning grew up a Longhorns fan and chose the school based on his affinity for Sarkisian, its offensive system and its ability to develop quarterbacks.

Of course, given the era of college football, it’s natural to assume that a player won’t maintain his current program if he doesn’t earn the playing time he desires.

However, according to Sarkisian, part of the Longhorns’ focus is trying to make Texas the best place to learn and develop in the country, and making it difficult for players like Manning to have that desire to leave Austin in the first place.

“We want to make it as difficult as possible for our guys to want to leave here,” Sarkisian said. “They’re developing. They’re being treated well enough. They’re being coached. They’re playing in great schemes. They have a great locker room culture. They’re getting a first-class education. They live in the city of Austin. I want to make it very difficult for them leave that. If that moment comes where they feel it’s best for them to leave, it should almost make him cry that this place meant a lot to him.”

And so far, they have done just that.