Jace Evans, USA TODAY
Published 10:39 p.m. ET Jan. 12, 2021
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One day after helping Alabama capture the national title as soon as once more, Steve Sarkisian was formally launched as the top coach of the Texas Longhorns.
In his introductory press convention, the problem of the connection between the soccer staff and the varsity track, “The Eyes of Texas,” was introduced up. But as Sarkisian sees it, it is not a problem in any respect.
“I know this much, ‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school song,” Sarkisian mentioned. “We’re going to sing that song. We’re going to sing that proudly.”
Some players’ lack of participation in the postgame playing of “The Eyes of Texas” this past season under former coach Tom Herman became a rolling controversy of sorts around the Longhorns. Several players protested the song due to its racist origins. (The song was performed at minstrel shows.)
Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte, who did not hire Herman, said in October it was his expectations “that our groups present appreciation for our college, followers and supporters by standing collectively as a unified group for ‘The Eyes.'”
Later in October, the University of Texas System Board of Regents issued a statement unequivocally saying, “‘The Eyes of Texas’ is, and can stay, the official faculty track.”
On Tuesday, Sarkisian said discussion about the school song and other issues are welcome, but that “‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school song. We support that song.”
Sarkisian, 44, will be a head coach for the third time. He previously served as head coach of Washington from 2009-2013 and Southern California in 2014-15.
A battle with alcohol addiction nearly derailed his career.