The University of Texas' 2014 media guide for the Longhorns football team misspelled Texas several times in an unfortunate typo that will likely become fodder for rivals.
Sports Illustrated said the footer of several pages of the Longhorns' media guide
, specifically in the player biography portion of the publication, had the letters "a" and "s" switched around, reading "www.TexsaSports.com."
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"In most situations people would quickly concede that someone had made a minor typo ... ,” Sports Illustrated said. “In the heated rivalries of college football though, this will likely prove to be fodder for thousands of Internet memes, message board posts and, most importantly, clever ‘College Gameday’ signs.”
In 2012, the university had to issue an apology for leaving out the “l” in “public” on a commencement pamphlet for the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.
The Texas typo was discovered this week as Dallas played host to the annual Big 12 media days. The Longhorns have been picked to finish fourth in the Big 12 preseason poll.
The Longhorns’ rivals, the Oklahoma Sooners, are picked to win the conference, followed by Baylor and Kansas State, to finish second and third, respectively.
But the school in Austin, Texas, had bigger problems on its hands on Thursday than the typo in the media guide: Two of the Longhorns’ wide receivers were arrested and charged with felony sexual assault after a female student said she was raped in a campus dorm room in June, ESPN reported
Charlie Strong, in his first year as the school’s head football coach, has suspended Kendall Sanders and Montrel Meander while the June 21 incident is being investigated.
"We've been monitoring and addressing the situation with Kendall and Montrel since it was brought to our attention," Strong said in a statement. "It's been made clear to everyone on our team that treating women with respect is one of our core values, and I'm extremely disappointed that two young men in our program have been accused of not doing that."
The woman has known both players for more than a year, according to affidavits.
"It's a shame that a mere allegation can affect a young man's life to the extent this will," said Brian Roark, Sanders’ lawyer, ESPN reported. "Kendall Sanders is innocent, though, and eventually, that will be proven."
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