EbeneMagazine – CA – Texas players stay on field for song « The Eyes of Texas »

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – There was still no school band but the song was still playing And this time the Texan players stayed on the field for « The Eyes of Texas »

While some sang along with the crowd, others remained silent Some implemented the traditional « Hook’em Horns » hand sign, while others in the back kept their arms down

Regardless of who sang or just stayed there after Texas beat Baylor 27-16 on Saturday, Texas school officials got exactly what they wanted: The Longhorns stood together on the field and it seemed that no one left to protest

« As far as the team, within the team, my honest opinion was that it was not a problem But I hope we can all put this behind us and that we can move forward and we just focus on the ball, ”said defensive lineman and co-captain Ta’Quon Graham

The post-game ritual had erupted into controversy in recent weeks when most of the squad left the pitch without staying to sing after Texas’s first two home games and again in Dallas after a loss to Oklahoma The issue had been brewing since the summer, when a group of players opposed the song due to its links to racist elements in school history

It even became a problem for the Longhorn Band, which reportedly had too many members refusing to play this week for the band to have enough musicians to be playing for the first time this season

As fans’ anger mounted, school officials rallied with public statements supporting the song and a team reunion to get the players back on the pitch

Sporting director Chris Del Conte said there was an « expectation » from players at least « in unison » for the song to honor the school and the fans School president Jay Hartzell and the Board of Regents have released statements that « The Eyes of Texas » will remain the school song

« We decided as a team to stand out and sing ‘The Eyes », said quarterback Sam Ehlinger after the game « In the future, I guess that’s what it’s going to be »

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