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24 minutes ago, Aaron Carrara said:

 

So to sum up a part of this video, the song was written around the time the university was founded. Then around 20 years later some guys used it in a minstrel show with racist overtones. Did I hear that correctly? Still drinking coffee so......

 

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At what point will people realize how absurd society has become? The song is not racist in any form or fashion. There is no end to “things” that were subverted by ignorant people of the past. Why do we continue to let those people shape our future. Our University did not accept African Americans until 1956. Do we shut down the University because it was most definitely racist prior to that time? The Eyes of Texas is supposed to remind us of OUR University family and the bond we ALL share. Our family is Burnt Orange and that is the only color that should matter to anyone. People who try and make it about any other color are racist. 

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2 hours ago, primal defense said:

 

Six months before his first game, ‘The Eyes of Texas’ is already forcing Steve Sarkisian’s first audible

 

https://www.dallasnews.com/sports/texas-longhorns/2021/03/09/six-months-before-his-first-game-the-eyes-of-texas-is-already-forcing-steve-sarkisians-first-audible/

Wants me to purchase a digital subscription. Yeah I clicked on it but I wouldn’t pay two cents to read the DMN.

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22 minutes ago, Bear19 said:

Wants me to purchase a digital subscription. Yeah I clicked on it but I wouldn’t pay two cents to read the DMN.

It's free. I had to register, but I didn't pay anything.

Six months before his first game, ‘The Eyes of Texas’ is already forcing Steve Sarkisian’s first audible

On the day he was introduced as Texas’ football coach, Steve Sarkisian dived into the controversy that swamped his predecessor, Tom Herman, promising that not only would his players sing the school song after games, they’d do it “proudly.”

Six months before his first game, Sark is about to call his first audible.

He’s also about to be schooled on the politics of Texas football.

God help him.

 

Turns out his players won’t have to sing “The Eyes of Texas” after all. Jay Hartzell, university president, says so, based on recommendations from a 58-page report compiled after months of research by a committee made up of faculty, alumni, students and apparently few, if any, of the angry donors scared up in a recent Texas Tribune story.

Among other things, the committee was charged with determining whether the school song was rooted in racist undertones in general and, specifically, if it debuted in blackface at a 1903 Austin minstrel show.

The verdict: “Most probably, yes.”

Though the committee found “no racist intent” in lyrics or delivery, the blackface origin is “a painful reality,” the report states, and the committee is “pained and uncomfortable with this aspect of its history.” But not so uncomfortable that it recommended removing it as the school song. For one thing, the committee had no such option at its disposal. Hartzell ruled last summer that the Eyes would remain. If you thought committee members would have felt like they’d had the rug pulled out from under them before they started, think again.

Rich Reddick, associate dean for equity, community engagement and outreach for the university’s college of education, said having to decide whether to keep the school song would have been a “deal-breaker” for most of the committee members.

Had the evidence been egregious enough, Hartzell said, he might have “revisited” his position. He didn’t sound convincing, though. The interim tag on his title may have just been removed in September, but he’s been on campus for 20 years and earned his doctorate at Texas. He knows the lay of the land, which helps when in retreat.

Sarkisian will learn this lesson, too, after falling into an early trap. Had he talked to Herman first, he might have avoided it altogether.

Herman failed at Texas for a number of reasons, notably his inability to win a Big 12 title and restore the Longhorns to their long lost glory. But don’t underestimate the effect of “The Eyes.” Ever since Texas players protested the murder of George Floyd last spring and Herman yielded to their requests to sit out the school song, the emotions of powerful alumni and donors had simmered. They boiled over last fall at the sight of Sam Ehlinger on the floor of the Cotton Bowl, singing “The Eyes” all by his lonesome.

 

Had the Longhorns beaten OU, it might have been a different story. But it became a flashpoint and the beginning of Herman’s end.

We know this because of the tone of Sarkisian’s response in January when asked at his introductory news conference if his players would sing the school song. Why react so emphatically to such a seemingly innocuous question? Because someone powerful told you to do so, that’s why.

Sarkisian probably figured he’d dealt with the situation Herman mishandled, and that was that. Little did he know. Confront an issue at Texas, and it blows up in your face.

 

Over the last 40-plus years, I’ve covered a lot of college sports in Texas. No other athletic program in this state makes as many headlines that have so little to do with athletics. Critics like to say it’s the nature of a school based in Austin, and that’s part of it. But the crux of it is, it’s a big school with a big alumni base, and everybody thinks he or she is in charge.

Of all Texas’ football coaches since Darrell Royal, only Mack Brown was equipped to handle everything required of a coach outside actual football. Sarkisian may have been a head coach at USC and Washington, but he only thought he knew what he was getting into.

Because here’s the bottom line: No matter how hard the committee tried to tell a story of how “The Eyes” grew from a dubious lark to a “reverential hymn” and even a song of protest, some athletes will resent that it’s still the school song. Meanwhile, plenty of hardliners will be furious that players won’t be required to stand and sing the school song as tradition dictates.

Basically, with the exception of a colorful 58-page history, we’re right back where we started.

“Opinions will still differ,” Hartzell said, trying to put a happy face on it, “and that’s OK.”

You’d like to think so, but that’s not the world we live in anymore. Maybe it never was. It wasn’t and isn’t at Texas. Good luck with that, Sark.

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11 minutes ago, primal defense said:

It's free. I had to register, but I didn't pay anything.

Good

I may have missed it but I did not see the author of the article. Clearly he wants to keep the shit storm going. In every paragraph he cast doubt on people‘s motives. I don’t think Sark will have any problem going forward.JMO

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