A lot of y’all missed a point about the hullabaloo engulfing Texas with regards to “The Eyes of Texas”, or at least the reason I posted something about it. It’s basically the same shit Ole Miss coaches had to deal with for years because of things like Colonel Reb.
It’s the recruiting, stupid ($$).
On the football field, does it affect the future? Babers believes it already has.
“Here’s the thing, this is going to be and it’s already been used as a negative recruiting tool. I know it is. It is happening,” said Babers. “And you know what? The schools are stupid if they’re not using it as a negative recruiting tool in Black households.
“So when you walk into the household with that Black mom and Black dad or whoever it is, and they ask you about this issue, and whether their son or daughter’s going to have to stand for ‘The Eyes of Texas’ and it is personal to them, because they are a person of color, y’all better have a clear, concise, and uniform message and you got to be ready for every question and don’t get stumped. That’s going to be an issue because right now, those seeds are being planted, in my opinion, by other schools.”
“You” in this case really means Steve Sarkisian, who’s caught in the proverbial spot between a rock and a hard place. It’s clear he’s been told not to risk pissing off UT’s big donors and is going along with that. Somehow, though, he’s got to find a way to balance that with a credible explanation on the recruiting trail in response to the big ass rocks other programs are lobbing at his. That’s an awfully small needle to thread.
And if he can’t, and recruiting suffers as a result? Two guesses on who will pay the price for that. (Hint: it won’t be the donors.)