Longhorn ‘Hex’ continues despite new opponent
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For 118 years, it was Longhorn tradition to take on the Aggies on Thanksgiving Day, but that all ended last year thanks to conference realignment.
However, the 70th ‘Hex Rally’ in front of the University of Texas tower continued on Monday evening.
The tradition started when Longhorns became tired of losing to Texas A&M. A couple of students went to a psychic who told them to sing the “Eyes of Texas” and burn red candles before the big game. It seemed to work, so the tradition continued for over a century.
"There was always just that battle between the Longhorns and the Aggies, even growing up as a kid we told Aggie jokes before we even knew what that meant," UT alumni Eddie Martinez said.
This year, the Longhorns will take on the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs on turkey day.
Dating back to 1897, this is the 83rd meeting between UT and TCU, but Coach Mack Brown doesn't want to see all that powerful hexing energy to go to waste.
"I know our players are excited about it because it once again showcases high school football in the state of Texas with two great programs, and at the same time our players know a lot of their players, so it really will not be that much different from the A&M game for us,” Brown said.
UT’s 2013 Thanksgiving opponent will be Texas Tech University.