In a press conference Tuesday, Texas head football coach Steve Sarkisian addressed defensive tackle Moro Ojomo’s comments on the team’s cultural shortcomings.
Sarkisian said he wishes Ojomo kept his comments “internally”, and joked that the senior won’t be speaking to the media again “for a while.”
Ojomo, who is returning to the program for a fifth year in the fall, was asked in a press conference last Thursday about whether or not younger players listen to his advice, as an elder statesman of the program.
Known for typically being forthright and philosophical with the media, Ojomo certainly didn’t hold back this time.
“They’re 18- to 22-year-olds that want to chase women, want to chase money, want to chase alcohol and they don’t see the future,” Ojomo said, alluding to a cultural problem within the program. “They’re distracted by what’s in front of them. It’s such a hard thing, especially guys that haven’t been in a winning culture. “
“They’re more worried about Sixth Street, than, like, balling,” Ojomo continued. “I don’t know why.”
Sarkisian says he prefers players to talk about themselves and urges players to be cautious when talking about others. He believes Ojomo knew better, and that “he’d love to have some of the things he said back.”
“I would like our guys, when they answer questions to y’all, to talk about what they’re doing, what’s their buy-in, and be careful on speaking on others,” Sarkisian said. “It’s a little disheartening that one guy makes a statement and all of a sudden, we’ve got a team full of guys that like to do things outside of the program that we don’t adhere to.”
The former Alabama and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator feels Ojomo’s heart was in the right place, but that he “got caught up in the moment.”
“He shouldn’t have done that in public,” Sarkisian continued. “If you’re a family, you don’t 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 that he used was poor.
“I think that was a great lesson for all of our guys, to say ‘hey, you can get in this moment, you can get here in front of cameras and media, and you can get caught up in answering a question.”
In an unrelated matter, Sarkisian also revealed Tuesday that incoming freshman defensive back Jaylon Guilbeau is suspended from the team. Sarkisian did not provide a reason as to why he is suspended. An early enrollee at UT, Guilbeau is still enrolled at the school.
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