- Two University of Texas football players told Kate McGee of The Texas Tribune this week that athletic officials had told all players that they must stand on the field for the postgame singalong of “The Eyes of Texas” so as not to upset donors.
- On Monday, McGee reported that alumni and donors had threatened to pull money from the school after all but one player refused to stand on the field during the song after a loss to Oklahoma last year.
- The song has a racist history: It mimics a quote from the Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee and was performed by white singers in blackface multiple times in the school’s history. “They said y’all don’t have to sing it. But y’all have to stay on the field,” DeMarvion Overshown, a junior linebacker, told McGee.
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