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One day after helping Alabama win another national title, Steve Sarkisien was formally introduced as head coach of Texas Longhorns.

At his preliminary press conference, the issue of the relationship between the football team and the school song “The Eyes of Texas” was raised, but as Sarkisian saw, it wasn’t a problem.

“I know a lot about it,” The Eyes of Texas “is our school anthem,” Sarkizian said. “We are going to sing that song, we will sing that proudly.”

Some players lacked involvement in last season’s “The Eyes of Texas” post-game under former coach Tom Herman, becoming a controversial subject in the Longhorns. Many players protested the song due to its origins. Class (This song is featured on the Minstrel)

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte, who did not hire Herman, said in October it was his expectations. “Our team expresses gratitude to the university, our fans and supporters by standing together as a unified group for ‘The Eyes’. ”

Later in October, the University of Texas regents made a clear statement: “The eyes of Texas are, and will remain, the school anthem.”

On Tuesday, Sarkisian said it welcomes discussions about school anthem and other issues, but “The Eyes of Texas” is our school anthem. We support that song “

Sarkisian, 44, will be head coach for the third time. He served as head coach of Washington from 2009-2013 and Southern California in 2014-15.

His struggle with alcohol addiction almost derailed his career. After a break in rehab, “Sark” entered Alabama in the 2016 season before spending two years as NFL offensive coordinator at Atlanta Falcons. He returned to Alabama and served as the Crimson Tide’s offensive coordinator for the past two seasons. This year’s team made one of the greatest college football offenses of all time and won the Sarkisian Broyles Award for best assistant coach of college football.

Contributing: Austin American-Statesman, Associated Press

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