Some University of Texas band members not willing to play "Eyes of Texas" song


The "Eyes of Texas" saga continues at the University of Texas - Austin campus.

The university says its longtime alma mater song will be played at Saturday's game against Baylor - but not by the University of Texas band.

That development came after the UT band director reportedly sent an internal survey to student members and found there weren't enough willing to perform "The Eyes of Texas."

Some UT athletes and other students have called for a boycott of the song because of its alleged racial history, while others are standing firm in backing a 120-year school tradition.

UT President Jay Hartzell released a following statement, saying the song will be played at the game regardless:

"The Eyes of Texas will be played this weekend as it has been throughout this season – and it will continue to be played at future games and events. While we would love the band to be with our fans at all our games, we never planned for them to perform live this Saturday. We knew this summer that, as we make our campus a more welcoming place, we would face many hard conversations. I remain truly optimistic that we will find ways to join together around our song, which has been so positive for so many Longhorns over the past 120 years."

Texas football coach Tom Herman said at a press conference in Dallas following the Red River Showdown game that he encouraged the team to take part in the post-game tradition, but added anyone who did not feel comfortable doing so did not have to participate.