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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Former Texas LB Brian Jones wades into ‘The Eyes’ controversy

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Plus: 5-star 2021 QB Caleb Williams commits to Oklahoma

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Former Texas Longhorns linebacker and All-Southwest honoree Brian Jones weighed in on the “The Eyes of Texas” controversy in a recent column with the Houston Chronicle.

He suggest not just the players, but coaches, fans, everyone, kneel to the song.

From the Chronicle: “To mark the moment of the song’s transformation from school song to anthem of accountability, I hope the team will not only sing along with their “Hook ’em Horns” hand sign, but do so kneeling, signaling not submission but instead taking a reverential pose to convey their embrace of the solemnity of the moment. The idea of a stadium full of Longhorns players and fans kneeling together is almost too moving to imagine.With that new underpinning, the song will take on even greater meaning, whether it is sung at sporting events or Longhorns family reunions and weddings. We are fond of saying that “what starts at the University of Texas changes the world,” and we can prove it with this move toward a new era of justice and equality for all.I’ve always loved the song’s ending, when we shout, “The Eyes of Texas are upon you until Gabriel blows his horn.” In the coming days, when we sing that together, we will be reminded that a struggle as old as humanity can be brought to a heavenly conclusion on earth in our lifetimes. That will be a legacy that any old athlete, any human would be proud to have.”

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

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Austin American-Statesman: Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: No. 21 Utah has holes to fill in quest for a third Pac-12 South title

Austin American-Statesman: David Pierce on 2020 recruits: ‘We definitely held on to a few that will compete for roles right away’

Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Texas’ Del Conte, peers prepare for all scenarios, even spring football

247Sports: The Stampede: Setting the defensive board for 2022

247Sports: Texas holding steady with Top 10 class

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Big 12 Storyline: West Virginia has the potential to be conference’s sleeper team

Big 12 Storyline: Texas Tech hopes to make leap this season with QB Alan Bowman

WHAT WE’RE READING

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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND

  • 2021 five-star quarterback Caleb Williams plans to join the Oklahoma Sooners, helping push the Sooners into the No. 14 position nationally in recruiting class for that respective year, 247Sports notes. From 247Sports: “Following the reopening of recruitment from top 2021 QB prospect Brock Vandagriff, OU coach Lincoln Riley went back to recruiting the well and came out with the top 2021 prospect at his position. With Williams in the boat, OU jumps to No. 14 in the team rankings after just two commitments on The Fourth of July. Williams also is the second recruit to commit to Oklahoma in three years, joining former Gonzaga College High teammate Joseph Wete at OU with his commitment. Williams ranks just outside the top 100 all-time according to the 247 Sports Composite at 102nd ahead of former Georgia wide out AJ Green and Texas running back Jonathan Gray.”
  • ESPN calls former Texas quarterback Vince Young’s 2005 Rose Bowl performance the best in NCAA history, ahead of Doug Flutie’s 1984 Hail Mary pass against the Miami Hurricanes.
  • Here’s what analyst Paul Finebaum had to say about head coach Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies’ recent recruiting violations, according to a report in 247Sports. Essentially, it doesn’t really matter, Finebaum says. “I think the public has a high threshold these days for NCAA sanctions,” Finebaum told WJOX 94.5 FM. “Unless you really put teeth in them, and you could argue that there was a little more teeth in these [violations] than some, but I think if we have a season and he has a good season, this will pass. Right now, I think that criticism of Jimbo Fisher is somewhat manufactured by those who are recruiting against him.”