Letters to the Sports Editor


When it came to coverage, it was ‘same ol’ ’

It was with great dismay that the Sports headline on Sunday read “Same Ol’, Same Ol’.” It’s confusing to me that the hometown newspaper would not be behind our football team.

When you buy a new car, sometimes you have to return it for certain problems, and eventually it gets fixed. Were you expecting a national championship on the first game? Were you expecting a no-loss season?

This was a sad headline for all the young men who have worked very hard under a new system. At least recognize the fact that it was not a blowout and we did score some points. I doubt that coach Herman took any belief in those headlines. If anything, a little encouragement could have been written rather than some knock on these young men. It was the first game!

L.A. MARTINEZ, Round Rock

Parking charges have become outrageous

I am a graduate of UT, a Longhorn Foundation member and a season ticket holder (since 1968) to Longhorns football games. A few years ago UT began charging for parking at the state garages near the stadium, citing the reason as being the space taken by the new medical school.

They also included the parking garages on campus. There was encouragement to take the shuttle buses to games to minimize the traffic flow and parking problems around the stadium. Buses ran from 51st and Guadalupe and Barton Creek mall. Free parking has been available at the 51st Street site, with overflow parking in the Health and Human Services vacant lots at the same location.

Last Saturday there were attendants at the vacant state parking lots (at 51st) charging $10 for parking. This attempt by UT and the state to extract more money from fans of UT football angered me and most of the people parking in that area. It is enough to make me want to cease donations to the Longhorn Foundation, stop the purchase of season tickets and watch the games on television. It is time UT thought about the fans that pay the tab for their sports programs.

H.B. SKELTON, Austin

Beat the heat by scheduling only night games

The most disappointing thing for me in last week’s game was the time of day it was played. The university seems more interested in revenue than the well-being of its fans and players.

It was miserable sitting in the hot sun all game, and even more heart-wrenching to see our older loyal fans sitting underneath the St. David’s tent, overcome from the heat. In the interest of the fans and players, the university should only allow night games to be played in September so all can enjoy. It would be nice to see an article in your paper supporting this position.

JOHN THOMPSON, Austin



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