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Changing colors: The history of burnt orange and white

Jim Nicar, director of the Texas Exes UT Heritage Society, recounts how the university chose burnt orange and white as its colors. For some years, different athletic teams tried various color combinations — including bright orange, maroon and blue — before finally putting the matter to a vote.

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The university’s colors have not always been burnt orange and white.

In fact, during the first football game, the team wore gold and white. For some years, different athletic teams tried various color combinations — including bright orange, maroon and blue — before finally putting the matter to a vote.

Jim Nicar, director of the Texas Exes UT Heritage Society, recounts how the university chose burnt orange and white as its colors.

Visit the Texas Exes’ new UT History Central Web site for more fun facts.