In the early years of Longhorn sports history administrators and coaches took the brunt of a fans "passion" for their team.
In 1915 Longhorn Coach Allerdice resigns because of the "super critical nature of the Texas fans."
The University even passed a resolution to try and stop these unruly Longhorn fans
In 1950 Blair Cherry after a 9-2 season still received letters such as the one from a fan that said “Boy you're on the spot. If you don't win you'd better not come home." Comments like this and calls all hours of the day convinced him to quit.
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 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 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 1977 after resigning Akers had the funniest comment about Longhorn fans who gave him “advice” and unsolicited comments. He compared a coach to a prostitute and said “that’s what coaching has in common with the world’s oldest profession. It’s not the long hours that get you; it’s the amateur competition."
The 1990 Cactus published an article on how great the fans were at Texas, but I noticed one glaring problem with the article. The coaches quoted as saying how great the fans were all had successful programs. Mick Haley the volleyball coach, Tom Penders the men’s basketball coach, Jody Conradt the women’s basketball coach, Coach Cliff Gustafson the baseball coach, and Reese the swim coach. Reese said “ I think the enthusiasm this campus has toward swimming and other sports has helped when we RECRUIT”!! Reese understood that positive fans make it easier for Coaches to recruit.
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. Private conversations are not the subject of this article .
For the last 5 years Longhorn fans have used social media to vent their justifiable frustration with the direction of the Longhorn football program. Two years ago fan frustrations was responsible for an increase in “mean spirited” remarks on the 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 by extension 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 verbalize 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.
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 worse of the worse comments from Longhorn fan sites and use as bulletin board material to recruit for their university.
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There are all types of fans in sports .
May the Horns be with You
“Donor” fans who rightfully expect a return on their investment" ;
Fair weather fans that leave when the team loses;
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;
Faux fans who are the lowest form of a fan;
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 ."
Wesley you are missed.
Keep the sky in the morning and evening burnt orange for us.