Letters from University of Texas donors reveal drastic measures some willing to go to preserve ‘Eyes of Texas’

The controversy surrounding the Texas Longhorns football program and the school song, "The Eyes of Texas," has provided a glimpse of just how far some of the school's wealthiest boosters say they're willing to go to keep the song as part of the game-day experience.

"My wife and I have given an endowment in excess of $1 million to athletics. This could very easily be rescinded if things don’t drastically change around here," one donor wrote in an email to UT-Austin President Jay Hartzell in October. "Has everyone become oblivious of who supports athletics??"

The note was one of nearly 300 that reached Hartzell's office from June until October, with nearly 70% in favor of keeping "The Eyes," according to a report Monday by the Texas Tribune. 

Of those 300, the Tribune reports, around of 75 of them threatened to withdraw their financial support.

"UT needs rich donors who love The Eyes of Texas more than they need one crop of irresponsible and uninformed students or faculty who won't do what they are paid to do," wrote a retired judge who graduated from the university's law school. 

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