Skip to comments.Teasips in Final Four (Texas Vanity)
Posted on 03/31/2003 11:58:18 PM PST by sonofatpatcher2
Football no longer is the only game in town at UT
By RACHEL COHEN
AUSTIN Harris Harr's burnt orange T-shirt was quite the conversation-starter on Monday.
The shirt proclaimed him a member of the O-Zone, the Texas men's basketball team's student cheering section, so classmates kept talking to the freshman about the school's historic hoops feat.
The Longhorns are going to the NCAA Tournament's Final Four for the first time since 1947, after winning the South Region final. UT faces Syracuse in the second game Saturday in New Orleans.
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UT has Hook 'em Horns fans everywhere!
Back in the day, when the Teasips went to the Cotton Bowl, the Aggie side of my family would go and root by yelling, "Go Southwest Conference!"
I think we all missed it considering that Kansas beat Texas 90-87 in Lawrence on January 27th. Rock Chalk.
It is a cheer that KU students chant during games. I found the following:
"The University Science Club officially adopted the famous "Rock Chalk" chant in 1886. A chemistry professor, E.H.S. Bailey, and some of his associates were returning from a conference by train to Lawrence. As they traveled, they talked of the need for a good , rousing yell. The click-clack of the train wheels passing over the rail joints suggested a rhythm, and a cadence to them.
At first, their version was "Rah, Rah, Jayhawk, KU" repeated three times. Later, in place of the rahs, an English professor suggested "Rock Chalk," a transposition of chalk rock, the name for the limestone outcropping found on Mount Oread, site of the Lawrence campus.
The cheer became known worldwide. Teddy Roosevelt pronounced it the greatest college chant he'd ever heard. It was used by Kansas troops fighting in the Philippines in 1899, in the Boxer Rebellion in China, and World War II. At the Olympic games in 1920, the King of Belgium asked for a typical American college yell. The assembled athletes agreed on KU's Rock Chalk and rendered it for His Majesty."
It's just like saying "Go KU" or in your case "Hook 'em horns."
Any way, thanks for the info, I always wondered where that cheer originated. Since I'm betting on KU tonight, Rock Chalk Jayhawks!