Orange was the color of the US Dragoons' trim before the ACW. As for UT's specific colors, I was given to understand that orange and white were voted on by the student body in the 1890s. There was a move to change the colors in the 1920s, but it was voted down. I think I learned this last at a UT frat party in the 1970s, so it may be as worthwile as the sports announcer's pronunciations!
Doby Pilgrim (UT Alumn)
Santa Fe, NM
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