In the early years of Longhorn sports history administrators and coaches took the brunt of a fans "passion" for their  team.  

In 1894 Coach Wentworth with a 6-1 record, 1908 Coach Metzenthis with a 11-5-1 record, and in 1915 Coach Allerdice with a 33-7 record, all resign because of what they consider as the "super critical nature of the Texas fans." 

The University even passed a resolution to try and stop these unruly Longhorn fans

In 1950 Coach Cherry resigns after compiling a 32-10 record at Texas because he receives letters and phone calls from the fans that are alarming. One letter says "Boy you're on the spot.  If you don't win you'd better not come home." In his exit statement he said " While much is made of the fact that most coaches are paid more than college presidents, the financial rewards are an insufficient attraction when the hazards are all considered." "I'm going into the oil business which is simpler than football coaching. You dig a hole , and oil comes out or it doesn't." In author and former Longhorn football player R.E. Peppy Blount book titled Mamas, don’t let your babies grow to play Football he says about the reason Cherry quit is frustrating. Blount says “The overzealous ex-student and superfan is the anathema of every college football coach.”

In a great game for Harley Sewell in the 1953 Cotton Bowl game a fan complains to J.T. King that he saw Sewell dipping snuff. King said to the fan "If you'll find out what brand Harley is dipping, I'll recommend it to the whole damn team." 

In September 1956 The Ranger paper states that "Texas fans in both basketball and football are considered rude, ruthless, and unforgiving." The article goes on to say "although the alumni have many ways of reaching a football game, they usually ride the coaches." 

In September 1956 The Ranger paper states that "Texas fans in both basketball and football are considered rude, ruthless, and unforgiving." The article goes on to say "although the alumni have many ways of reaching a football game, they usually ride the coaches."

In 1959 with the team 8-0 the San Antonio Express stated that Royal benched Lackey for quarreling with him at 1/2 time . Royal denies it to the critical fans Royal says “ After winning eight straight, suddenly the players are out of shape, there’s dissension in the club and we are underclad.”

Royal expressed his own opinion of Longhorn fans when he said "Everyone graduates with a coaching degree." 

In 1971 Coach Royal Says Of The Longhorn Fans " We're Beginning To Develop Some Difficult Fans. They Don't Understand There's No Such Person As King Kong And That When You Start Thinking There Is, You Can Get Ready To Wipe Your Bloody Nose." Royal thought the media could be the worse fans, but he understood their role so he said “Keep ‘em sullen but not defiant”.

In 2004 after losing to OU again A growing number of Texas fans thought Coach Brown should be to replaced even though he had a .800 conference winning percentage over seven seasons!!! Fans were convinced that after losing Adrian Peterson to OU that Mack rown had lost his recruiting touch within his own state. Mack won the national championship the next year.

I know I am swimming up stream with the following comments, but they need to be made. Common sense says that if  fans public support helps recruiting then a fans public criticism hurts recruiting.

 

Most great high school athletes eligible for a college scholarship read the fan sites and to some degree use the sites to narrow their list of Universities to visit.  In addition, many Coaches from competing universities also capture the worst of the worst comments from Longhorn fan sites and use as bulletin board material to recruit for their university.  

Since 2009 Longhorn fans have used social media to vent their justifiable frustration with the direction of the Longhorn football program. During Coach Strong’s tenure fan frustrations were responsible for an increase in “mean spirited” remarks on social media sites. Coach Strong had to deal with this fan revolt . He was a pioneer as the first black head football coach in a established program , but he was released because the expectation of the Longhorn fans did not coincide with the realities surrounding the football program he inherited. 

Fans are going to do what they want to do, but I choose to believe that most Longhorn fans don’t understand the significance of their predatory comments. If they did, then many would stop. Longhorn fans need to understand that spreading venom about Texas never helps but always hurts the Longhorn Nation. I just hope my comments make a few Longhorns think before writing comments that sound more like a OU Sooner than a Longhorn. Coach Brown, Strong, and Herman know the power and influence fans have on social media to impact their jobs and their ability to recruit.

Like it or not, fans are now part of the Longhorn team. They are part of the  equation in the recruiting process. When Longhorn fans verbalized their lack of support for Coach Strong, it hurt his ability to recruit great athletes. When Longhorn fans use  social media to say  Herman should be fired, they are  hurting Herman's ability to recruit.

Please read the link below.

Billy Dale

4:32pm Sep 9

https://www.burntorangenation.com/2018/9/9/17837990/fire-tom-herman-texas-longhorns-cesspool-chill-out

Tom Herman deserves a chance to build the Texas program

 

There are all types of fans in sports . All play a special part in building the Longhorn brand

 

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May the Horns be with You

 

 

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Fair weather fans that leave when the team loses;

“Donor” fans who rightfully expect a return on their investment"  

 

 

 

 

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Faux fans who are the lowest form of a fan;

Critical fans who pretend to know what they are talking about but have no clue

Longhorn Internet fans who know just enough about football to sometimes make themselves dangerous to the Longhorn Nation

 

 

loyal fans who did not attend Texas and Loyal fans who did attend Texas and possess a equity stake in the Longhorn nation. Most Longhorn fans fall into this category

loyal fans who did not attend Texas and Loyal fans who did attend Texas and possess a equity stake in the Longhorn nation. Most Longhorn fans fall into this category

 

and then there is Wesley Allen shown below

Wesley was the quintessential fan -passionate, pure, sincere, unwavering,  uncomplicated, and indefatigable. Wesley earned his friendships with Longhorn Head Coaches, team members past and present, UT administrators, and 1000’s of others.

                                                                           

 

His friends knew the purity of his heart, and they admired his glowing, eternal, and contagious spirit.  Wesley passed away in 2017 . Rita Bigley Knight-Shaw. said "my prayers are that his passing was peaceful for his fight has been so great.....what a young man of strength he was......all young men should be like him.....love you forever ."

 

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Wesley you are missed.

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Keep the sky in the morning and evening burnt orange for us.