So, how did you first become a Longhorn fan? For me, my family were mostly Tech fans. I grew up in the Greater Houston area but the family hailed from the West Texas area and generally favored Tech. I first became aware of college football around 1976. The Houston Cougars had just joined the SWC and were stomping almost everyone in the conference. So I entered college football fandom with the grossly distorted / twisted view of the world that the Houston Cougars were the top dog and the team to beat. Despite being an impressionable young lad near Houston, I always sensed that there was something dirty and classless about the Coogs and much of their fan base. Then in 1977 I had a UT alum / Texas-Ex for a teacher. She went on and on about how great Earl Campbell was. So I asked my dad about Earl. He said Earl may be the greatest back this State had ever seen. I eagerly saw a few Longhorn games and was amazed and hooked. Back then before cable, you could get the OU game, the A&M game, maybe the Arkansas game, and a few other UT games plus the bowl--I don't remember being able to watch UT play every week. I observed not only the football team on tv, but also the UT alums we knew and their families, and formed the opinion that UT was a cut above the others.* I liked the Longhorns from then on and started at UT in the Fall of 1988. * I also developed a high opinion of Rice based on observations of their alumni and families, but boy did their football teams stink.