In response to the Associated Press story ("Texas president to meet with students on athletes' demands," The Daily News, June 16): To even consider a small segment of the enrollment would be allowed to impose their will on the majority, dictate policy and make demands of or to the storied University of Texas is ludicrous.

The greater majority of these individuals making demands accepted a scholarship and chose to attend UT knowing its rich history and traditions.

My advice to the esteemed interim President Jay Hartzell would be to tell these students if they no longer feel comfortable at the university to relinquish their scholarship and transfer to one more suited to their lifestyle and that the University of Texas will never be held hostage.

Hook 'em, Horns.

Ira J. Danner

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Carlos Ponce

I agree, Ira. If those pampered athletes with free tuition and fees, room, board and course-related books and other perks can go elsewhere. The idea of making demands shows the tail wagging the Longhorn.

Stephanie Martin

I 100% agree!

Kimberley Jones Yancy

As a 3rd generational Longhorn, I say Kudos to those athletes at UT-Austin! For far too long we have had to deal with the hate at UT-Austin. Its time for a change! Pampered. Hardly! You have no clue how it was to see them glamorize those Confederate Statues and gain millions off of black sweat on the field to only attend classrooms where we carried the burden of 22 million black folks on our backs. Often times, we were the only one in class due to UT's refusal to no allow more than 4.5% of African-Americans into the Freshman Class. And I will say this, if UT refuses to listen. Its time to take their talent and brain power somewhere else. The only reason Texas started recruiting black athletes anyway was because other Universities were doing it. Don't get me started because my families has stories of hate from UT-Austin. And yet we survived. Hook em!'

If Texas wants to known as a White Only College go for it! We only make up 4% anyway in a school of 50,000. They are already practically there. Smh...

Carlos Ponce

Earl Campbell said he experienced little racial tension at UT. He played at UT from 1974 to 1977.

Campbell said, “You might hear things about white and black people down here, but I don’t see it on this campus. The players play football like we’re all one color, and we try to reach out to each other afterwards. I’m the kind of guy who says, ‘Come on, take a ride with me,’ no matter who it is.”

https://www.texasmonthly.com/the-culture/earl-campbell-biography-longhorns-fans/

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