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One day after helping Alabama win the national title again, Steve Sargsyan was officially introduced as the head coach of the Texas Longhorns.
In his introductory press conference, the question of the connection between the football team and the school song “Eyes of Texas” was raised. But since Sarkisian sees it, this is not a problem at all.
“I know so much, ‘The Eyes of Texas’ is our school song,” Sargsyan said. “We will sing this song. We will sing it proudly.”
The lack of participation of some players in playing the game of “Eyes of Texas” last season under the leadership of former coach Tom Herman has become a role controversy around Longhorns. Several players protested against the song because of its racist origins. (The song was performed on the minister’s show.)
Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte, who did not hire Herman, said in October that he expected our teams to show appreciation to our university, fans and supporters by standing together as a single group for the Eyes.
Later in October, the System Board of Regents of the University of Texas issued an unequivocal statement stating, “The Eyes of Texas is and will remain an official school song.”
On Tuesday, Sargsyan said the discussion on the school song and other issues were welcome, but that the “Eyes of Texas” was our school song. We support this song. “
Sargsyan, 44, will be head coach for the third time. He was previously the head coach of Washington from 2009-2013 and Southern California in 2014-15.
The battle with alcohol addiction nearly ruined his career. After a stay in rehab, Sark landed in Alabama for the 2016 season before spending two years as the NFL’s Atlanta Falcon offensive coordinator. He returned to Alabama and served as Crimeson Tide Offensive Coordinator for the past two seasons. This year’s team committed one of the greatest crimes in college of all time and won the Sarkisian Broyles Award, given to the college’s best assistant coach in football.
Contributor: Austin, American statesman, Associated Press