The Texas Longhorns will play "The Eyes of Texas" after football games throughout the season, even though the Longhorn Band will not be present for Saturday's game against Baylor.
University president Jay Hartzell said in a statement Wednesday that the school never planned for the band to perform at the Baylor game. The Daily Texan reported earlier that a survey of band members about the school song revealed that the band would not perform because "we do not have the necessary instrumentation," according to a message sent to band members from director Scott Hanna. The band has yet to perform at a game this season, and "The Eyes" has been played over the public-address system.
This summer, Texas players called for the song to be removed, citing its origins at a minstrel show featuring performers in blackface in 1903.