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“The Eyes of Texas is non-negotiable.”

Shot.

Commitment to the song has been echoed by the Board of Regents and by Steve Sarkisian, the new football coach who was hired in January.

From the start, Sarkisian signaled he would take a different approach than former coach Tom Herman, who said he would respect players who did not want to stay to sing the song.

“I know this much,” Sarkisian said, “‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school song. We’re going to sing that song. We’re going to sing that proudly.”

Chaser.

“UT needs rich donors who love The Eyes of Texas more than they need one crop of irresponsible and uninformed students or faculty who won’t do what they are paid to do,” Steven Arnold, a retired administrative law judge and UT-Austin law school graduate, wrote to Hartzell. When reached for comment, Arnold said he had not donated to the university in recent years and has been completely turned off of college football after the events of the last year.

Leave the fucking bottle on the bar.

“It’s time for you to put the foot down and make it perfectly clear that the heritage of Texas will not be lost,” wrote another donor who graduated in 1986. Their name was also redacted by UT-Austin. “It is sad that it is offending the blacks. As I said before the blacks are free and it’s time for them to move on to another state where everything is in their favor.”

At least two people argued that because the Black student population at UT-Austin is small, their voices should not outweigh the larger wishes of the alumni base.

“Less than 6% of our current student body is black,” wrote Larry Wilkinson, a donor who graduated in 1970, quoting a statistic UT-Austin officials have stated they’re working to improve. “The tail cannot be allowed to wag the dog….. and the dog must instead stand up for what is right. Nothing forces those students to attend UT Austin. Encourage them to select an alternate school ….NOW!”

Good luck on the recruiting trail, Steve-o.

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You’re not in Tuscaloosa anymore, Sark.

You’re in Austin now.

Coming out of Thursday, Mike Stoops was all set to join Steve Sarkisian’s staff at Texas.

That’s not the case anymore, though.

So what changed?

… Sarkisian, the former Alabama offensive coordinator, shared during that call that he could no longer make the hire. Multiple sources referenced that backlash regarding the potential of hiring Stoops may have played a role in eliminating the possibility.

Can you imagine how Nick Saban would react to being told that a booster or boosters objected to him hiring somebody and he couldn’t proceed with his plans?

So much for burnt orange Process.

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Today, in athletic department belt tightening

Jesus.  Sarkisian just hired away Saban’s special teams coach for the low, low price of $1 million a year.

Just imagine what these idiots might be doing if we weren’t in a pandemic.

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Go big, or go home.

I see Sark has quickly embraced one of college football’s greatest traditions, living vicariously through another program.

That ought to carry him through a season or two in Austin.  Maybe.

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“Circumstances changed.”

Christ, this whole article about the Tom Herman firing is a steaming pile of bullshit.

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte wanted to keep coach Tom Herman in place for the 2021 season. He issued a statement on Dec. 12 saying as much, even though every word was torn apart on social media.

But as December rolled on, more things kept cropping up, creating the perception of real trouble within the program. “Circumstances changed,” Del Conte told the American-Statesman late Saturday.

“From the time I made the statement, I had not completed my evaluation,” Del Conte said. “When I completed that evaluation, it became apparent a change needed to be made.”

If you hadn’t completed your evaluation, why on earth would you give the man your vote of confidence?  (Insert your “even Greg McGarity” observation here.)

And this is what were supposed to believe were the changed circumstances?

With Texas unable to win a title, players started opting out. Junior left tackle Samuel Cosmi announced he was skipping the remaining games, followed by junior safety Caden Sterns.

Seniors started opting out to start working toward the NFL draft, too — defensive tackle Ta’Quon Graham and safety Chris Brown. Junior receiver Brennan Eagles opted out, and so did junior defensive end Joseph Ossai, who would later earn first-team All-America status from The Associated Press.

Senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger, the biggest name left with 2021 draft value, stayed put. He played in the Alamo Bowl but suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of the second half.

School officials were astonished and concerned, albeit privately. Why would so many players suddenly want to quit on the team?

You can’t be that gullible.  Nobody is.  Otherwise, you’d have seen a rash of coaches fired along with Herman.  As noted in the article, “Opting out of meaningless bowls is the wave of the future, though.”  More like wave of the present, but you get the drift.

Throw in a little trouble on the recruiting trail, the racist fallout from “The Eyes of Texas” controversy (“With how The Eyes situation and lack of leadership is shaking out, I am asking for a refund on the complete sum of 2020 athletic gifts/ticket money”) and voilà!  Changed circumstances, motherfucker.  Never mind that stuff was brewing before Del Conte gave Herman his pat on the back for 2021.

No, the real tip that the verdict was in way before Del Conte finished his “evaluation” was this:  Within hours of his firing, the school announced the hiring of Alabama offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian as the next Texas coach.”  [Emphasis added.]

Don’t mess with Texas boosters.

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End of an era

Didn’t see this baby coming, quite yet anyway…

Wow, indeed.  Wonder how big the hat is they’re passing around to the boosters right now to get the next head coach in the door.

Not to mention this hat:

Yeah, that coronavirus has really fucked up the way college athletic departments are doing business these days.

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UPDATE:  When you fire somebody high profile like that, it usually means you’ve already got the replacement lined up.

Steve Sarkisian, a former head coach at Washington and USC who is coordinating the nation’s No. 2 scoring offense this season at Alabama, is expected to be named the new head coach at Texas, replacing Tom Herman, multiple sources told Horns247.

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Well played, Corch.

Gotta admit, leaking the news you’re not taking a job offer from Texas may be an even more effective way of kneecapping Tom Herman than taking the job outright.  Now Urban can sit back and enjoy the sound Herman makes twisting in the wind for the next couple of weeks until the end mercifully comes.

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Of all the coaches in the world, he’s certainly played for one of them.

Now, this is how you do a kiss of death.

I guess that means Texas ain’t back quite yet.

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The truth is out there.

“When you have the things that have been written about us in our program, myself and our future, very unfounded articles that state opinion as fact, that state unnamed sources as being factual, that’s very hard to defend against,” Herman said. “Because if I’m a competing recruiter, what do you do? You press print and you say, ‘Look, this is true, it must be true. It’s on so-and-so orangefans.com, right? It must be true.'”

“And you know that is the really, really hard part in recruiting because these 16-year-old kids are very impressionable.”

Man, if Tom Herman is thin-skinned enough that he’s whining about negative recruiting at Texas, there’s no way he could have survived as a head coach in the SEC.

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Hooked

You may remember this.

Evidently, Bevo left his mark on more than Uga.

A former Austin American-Statesman photographer has filed a lawsuit against the owners and handlers of Bevo XV for negligence that caused “permanent injury” when the longhorn steer surged from his holding pen at the 2019 Sugar Bowl.

According to a petition filed in Travis Country district court on Friday, Nick Wagner was acting in his role as a Statesman photographer on Jan. 1, 2019. He was taking pictures of Uga X, Georgia’s bulldog mascot, prior to the Texas-Georgia game at the New Orleans Superdome.

Uga’s handlers brought their English bulldog over towards Bevo for a photo op, and the steer pushed forward, forcing onlookers to scramble for safety. The entire sequence was captured by Longhorn Network cameras, and short video clips went viral.

Wagner “was on one knee in front of the portable railing which Bevo was behind,” according to the petition. “Bevo XV rammed his longhorns twice into Plaintiff’s back causing permanent injury to Plaintiff’s neck and back.”

No word yet on whether the dog is being added as third-party defendant on a claim of severe emotional distress.

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