With the renaming of its field after Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell, the University of Texas showed change is more than lip service.
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Dahr Jamail said Monday that his family made the offer to take his father's name off the turf not only because of the current racial upheaval, but also because of the tenor of the country during President Trump's administration.
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Texas responded to football players' request or changes with a sweeping plan to "redefine campus symbolism," including renaming the football field after Earl Campbell and Ricky Williams.
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