Photo: Charlie Strong Texas T-Shirt Sparks Outrage
January 13th, 2014| by Lost Lettermen
If you thought that billionaire Texas booster Red McCombs calling Charlie Strong’s hiring as the new head football coach “a kick in the face” was the only speed bump in Strong’s arrival in Austin, think again.
For a brief while, the vintage goods website Etsy was selling a fan-made UT t-shirt with the phrase “Black is the New Brown.” It’s clearly meant to be a tongue-in-cheek reference to Strong replacing Mack Brown at UT, but that doesn’t make it any less tasteless.
It’s also a reminder, as Yahoo! Sports’ Graham Watson points out, that Texas – the school who fielded the last all-white national championship squad, in 1969 – still has a way to go when it comes to race relations.