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The University of Texas System Board of Regents took a proactive step Thursday to shield new University of Texas president Jay Hartzell from “The Eyes of Texas” hailstorm and left no doubt it will remain the Longhorns’ school song.

Regents chairman Kevin Eltife reiterated the board’s approval of Hartzell’s announcement that “The Eyes” will remain the university song even though some band members are now refusing to play it.

“To be clear, the UT System Board of Regents stands unequivocally and unanimously in support of President Hartzell’s announcement that The Eyes of Texas is, and will remain, the official school song,” Eltife said in a statement.

The Longhorn Band performs before the Alamo Bowl game against Utah on Dec. 31. [RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN, USA TODAY Network] (Photo: Ricardo Brazziell)

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