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Texas Players and Coaches Stay on Field for “Eyes of Texas”

There was a lot of coverage this week over the controversy at the University of Texas over the tradition of playing the song “Eyes of Texas” after home games. The song has come under fire since the summer because it was originally played at minstrel shows. As OutKick’s Clint Lamb detailed earlier this week, the band did not appear at Texas’s game against Baylor as the band members were split on whether or not to play the song.

The band members had not been at any previous games during the COVID-19 pandemic, so as with before, “Eyes of Texas” was played on the PA system after the game. Longhorn players and coaches remained on the field for it:

We’ll see where the story goes from here.

 

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. Good. The UT administration needs to take a stand on this; whatever the origins of Eyes, for decades, it has been a source of pride for thousands of alumni of that university. Do not show cowardice in the face of a few spoiled brats who think virtual signaling makes a damn bit of difference.

  2. So the song is racist because it was played at minstrel shows? It is 100% certain that every kid in that band had ancestors somehow involved in the slave trade at some point. They should go ahead and cancel themselves too.

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