The Texas Longhorns Football is an American football team that represents the University of Texas at Austin. They compete in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision as an affiliate of the Big 12 Conference, and they play their home games at the Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. In this article, we are going to know more about the Texas Longhorns football team.
History of the Texas Longhorns Football Team
The team played their first season in 1893, and since then, the Texas Longhorns football program became one of the most highly look upon programs of all time. From 1936 to 1946, the Texas Longhorns was coached by the hall of Famer coach Dana X. Bible. From 1957 to 1976, the team was led by another Hall of Fame coach, Darrell K. Royal, which is also when the team won three national championships.
In 2009, ESPN named Texas in the 7th spot for having the most prestigious college football program since 1936. In fact, in 2012, the program was worth about $805 million, which is more than the calculated value of a lot of NFL teams. Aside from this, Texas is known for having post-season appearances, fourth in bowl games victories, and second in a number of bowl game appearances.
From 1893 to present, the Texas Longhorns have been affiliated with four conferences, namely the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association, Southwest Conference, and the Big 12 Conference. They also have been independent for two times.
Home Stadium of the Texas Longhorns Football Team
Since 1924, the Texas Longhorns played their home games in Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on the Joe Jamail Field. The stadium is situated on The University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas. Currently, it can accommodate up to 100,119 people, which makes it the largest football venue n Texas, the fifth largest on-campus stadium in the NCAA, and the largest in the Big 12 conference.
Since its original opening, the stadium has been expanded several times. Aside from the expanded seating capacity, the stadium now has the country’s first HD video display in a collegiate facility. They call it the “Godzillatron.”
Before the Texas Longhorns played their home games in DKR, they used to play at Clark Field from 1887 to 1924. This is a wooden-structured stadium that was also located on the campus of the University of Texas. The Longhorns played their last game at Clark Field in October 1924, where they fought the Florida Gators to a 7-7 tie.
Uniforms of the Texas Longhorns
The Texas Longhorns did not always wear the color orange, back in 1893, the team had gold and white. It was only in 1895 when the Texas Athletic Association decided to move to orange and white colors. But in 1897, the Association changed the team’s colors to orange and maroon to save cleaning costs. That is why the Cactus Yearbook listed the University’s colors as either orange and white or gold. It was until 1899 that the Cactus announced that the color of the University was gold and maroon. However, fans of the team wearing yellow, white, red, orange, gold, maroon, and even blue colors during games.
To avoid confusion, the Board of Regents held an election that same year to decide for the final colors of the team, and they asked the alumni, faculty, staff, and students to vote. After the 1,111 votes were cast, a total of 562 people voted for the orange and white color. Royal blue received a total of 203 votes, Each orange and maroon had 310 votes, royal blue and crimson had 11, and 10. That is why for the next 30 years, the Texas Longhorns wore bright orange on their uniforms that turned into yellow every end of the season. That is why Clyde Littlefield, the team’s coach in 1928, ordered that the team will wear a darker tone of orange to avoid fading.