The late Joe Jamail’s three sons are who suggested that the Texas Longhorns opt to rename their field at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium after a couple Texas legends, ESPN reports. The root of their decision to bring up the suggestion, ESPN notes, is based around the national unrest following George Floyd’s murder and President Donald Trump’s tenure.
“As I told Ricky [Williams] earlier, I was watching that sickening video of George Floyd getting murdered. I just wept,” Jamail told ESPN earlier this week. “I was just thinking, how did we fall so low, to have a leaderless country, to have a president who supports white supremacists, this great-people-on-both-sides horses-shit? Truthfully, I don’t give a flying fuck if you quote me. It’s sickening. It’s embarrassing that people try to justify it.”
Strong words. Even stronger sentiment on the part of the Jamail brothers.
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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Longhorn alum and four-time Olympic gold medalist Sanya Richards-Ross took to the pages of Elle magazine (via writer Rose Minutaglio) to express why she hopes Texas can change its “racist traditions.” From Elle: “Back then I had no idea its lyrics are based on a quote from Robert E. Lee—or that it was performed at minstrel shows around campus. I wouldn’t find that out for almost a decade, and when I did, I was furious. Since the killing of George Floyd, there’s been a long overdue reckoning about the celebration of racist symbols in America—from memorials to pancake mixes. Confederate statues are being torn down, sports mascots changed, and streets renamed. The call to action has reached UT, where student-athletes—including football players and track stars—are leading a movement to ban ‘The Eyes of Texas.’ I stopped singing it a long time ago. Now it’s time we all do the same.”
An awesome 4x4 comeback from the 2008 Olympics pic.twitter.com/oG3t7FxA9q— Team Runner For Life (@TeamRunner4Life) April 16, 2020
- Future Longhorn Bentley Cotton, a recent graduate of Westlake High School in Austin, won the Women’s Texas Amateur title last week, the Austin American-Statesman reports.
Bentley Cotton arrived at the University of Texas Golf Club at the start of the 99th Women’s Texas Amateur with zero expectations. She left as part of Texas golf history. https://t.co/L8GSqAZtLd— Hookem.com (@bevobeat) July 14, 2020
- Junior colleges are expected to postpone the football season till the spring, Sports Illustrated reports. From SI: “The decision would leave junior college players with a decision to make on whether to enroll early with their current schools or play out their remaining season. Texas doesn’t lean heavily on the JUCO ranks in their recruiting, but have picked up a few players from junior colleges during the Herman era including defensive end Jacoby Jones, offensive tackle Willie Tyler and inside linebacker Juwan Mitchell in the 2019 class.”