Texas Longhorns walk-on legend and former long snapper Nate Boyer recently told 247Sports that he supports student-athletes’ calls for change to the university’s fight song.
“I spent four and a half years in that locker room, and I never once heard any player say anything about The Eyes like that. I didn’t know that was even a thing,” Boyer told 247Sports in an interview with hosts of the The Flagship Podcast. “It sounds like, from what some other former players are saying, a lot of African-American players didn’t feel comfortable doing that. I wish I would have known. I had no idea because I never even heard a whisper of it. Maybe I was deaf to it? It doesn’t matter.”
He apparently changed his mind.
“The fact that now that I’m reading about the background, it’s very interesting. We should take a long look at that and have a serious conversation about that,” Boyer continued. “Trust me, I’m all about tradition. I love college football tradition. I think it’s really cool the way college football is celebrated. But if any of those things are rooted in an uncomfortable or racist path, we have to fix it. We have to move forward. I’ll take my pride today over tradition any time.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Texas clearly wants another tight end in 2021 recruiting class
Austin American-Statesman: Longhorn Confidential: How does the recent news at Texas and Oklahoma State impact recruiting?
Dallas Morning News: Half-full or half-empty? Either way, limiting college football stadiums to 50 percent capacity is a big blow for athletic departments
247Sports: The Insider: Key contributors test positive for COVID-19
247Sports: Tom Herman: Brandon Jones was a great example to young Longhorns
247Sports: Texas hoops targets in the updated Top 150 for 2021 class
247Sports: Which Texas coach has the most to prove in 2020?
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
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SBNation: A day at an MLB ballpark will be different in 2020
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- College Football News has Texas senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger ranked No. 2 overall across the Big 12 landscape, behind Oklahoma State senior running back Chuba Hubbard. Here’s what Sports Illustrated had to say about the ranking: “The Longhorns signal caller is the most experienced quarterback in the country at the start of 2020 and the NCAA’s active leader in most passing categories. He has thrown for 8,870 yards and 68 touchdowns compared to 22 interceptions so far during his time on the Forty Acres. ... It’s interesting to see Hubbard ranked ahead of Ehlinger, though we can understand the argument for either player.” Say no, fam’ – we get it. Say no more.
- Texas associate athletics director, risk management and compliance services, Blake Barlow was recently appointed to the National Association of Athletics Compliance Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 year, Sports Illustrated reports. From SI: “In Barlow’s current role at UT, he primarily oversees the office’s educational programs as well as amateurism, governance and enforcement issues. He becomes the fourth representative from Texas to serve on the NAAC’s Board Directors, following the lead of Amy Folan (current UT Executive Senior Associate Athletics Director, Longhorn Foundation), Lori Hammond (current UT Senior Associate Athletics Director, Risk Management and Compliance Services) and Trace Wilgus (former UT Assistant Athletic Director, Risk Management and Compliance Services; current Associate Athletic Director at Vanderbilt). A former soccer student-athlete at the University of Central Arkansas, Barlow joined UT Athletics as a graduate assistant in 2006. He was appointed to a full-time position at Texas in May 2007.”
- That’s it! That’s all the news today. Here’s a meme instead.