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That was when Ernie Davis (R.I.P.) and his Syracuse team played the forces of evil, also known as the Texas Longhorns, in the 1960 Cotton Bowl (after the '59 season). Syracuse won that game in the movie, and in real life also.
I was only two years old when that game was played, so I obviously don't remember anything about it. But in the movie, the Horns were portrayed as a bunch of racist cheap-shot artists. Does anyone know if it was that bad, during the game, in real life?
I'm all for anything that makes UT look bad, especially after all the years of "homer" media coverage they've benefited from across the state all these years. But I was just curious if they were really that dirty of a team 52 years ago.
I'm sure it's true. Ernie Davis I've seen documentaries on and he was a helluva player. Tragic. And yes UT is suck forever and always!
I saw it before and I don't really remember an out cry from Texas when the movie was released.
Here's what is on Wikipedia:
"Moreover, some claim that the racial tension depicted in the 1960 Cotton Bowl Classic versus the Texas Longhorns is inaccurate, though this is highly disputed. Bobby Lackey, quarterback for the University of Texas states, "I told the Cotton Bowl people that those things didn't happen, and they were making up stories to try and sell more movie tickets, I wasn't going to watch any of that." Lackey continued, "Larry Stephens was my roommate, if anything, he was trying to get the guy into a fight so he could get him thrown out of the game because their athletes were so much better than ours. But I don't know a one of my teammates that said anything derogatory. How are you going to say the N-word in a football game and spit on somebody? Coach Royal would not have put up with that kind of behavior. It was a long time ago, but I know we shook hands and told him nice game and that his team deserved to win." Lackey said, "Then we all walked off the field."
However, Lou Maysel, in his University of Texas football history bio "Here Come the Texas Longhorns", wrote that Stephens, "possibly the most even-tempered player on the Texas team," told John Brown, a black offensive tackle for Syracuse, "Keep your black ass out of it," when Brown protested a penalty to an official. Brown stated that there were "guys who called us racist names on the field," including a Texas lineman who kept calling him "a big black dirty [expletive]." Brown says that the player has since apologized and that he has forgiven the player. Additionally, Al Baker, Syracuse's black fullback, said after the game, "Oh, they were bad. One of them spit in my face as I carried the ball through the line." Patrick Whelan and Dick Easterly, both white players for Syracuse, said that although the film may have fictionalized parts of the story, the 1960 Cotton Bowl Classic was the team's worst confrontation with racism.
Prentice later reported the same kind of treatment. That was 1958-1959.
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