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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Report: Texas players say they were forced to stay for ‘The Eyes of Texas’

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Plus: One word: Bijan

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A new report in the Texas Tribune reveals that Texas Longhorns officials told players they had to stay for the singing of the “The Eyes of Protest,” despite the players’ protest of the song, or else risk upsetting big-money donors and Longhorn fans alike. An earlier report stated that donors allegedly threatened players with a lack of postgraduate employment opportunities.

“It was really eye opening,” junior linebacker DeMarvion Overshown told the Tribune. “These are some high-power people that come to see you play and they can keep you from getting a job in the state of Texas. It was shocking that they said that. To this day I still think back to the moment. They really used that as a threat to get us to try to do what they wanted us to do.”

A second player claimed it was Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte and recently fired head coach Tom Herman who told players about the threats on the part of donors.

“He kept saying these guys provide this for you. ... He was mentioning, ‘We have donors talking about pulling out money from the south end zone [stadium addition project], stopping their donations,’ the second player, who declined to identify himself, said.

For the full report, click here.

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