The Austin-American Statesman and USA Today co-published a stunning report on the untimely death of Texas Longhorns and Ole Miss Rebels quarterback alum Jevan Snead, who took his own life in September. Snead suffered from CTE. He was just 32 years old.
From the Statesman and USA Today’s long-form report:
“[Nearly] a decade after the peak of Snead’s football career, his family and close friends believe the sport he so dearly loved unraveled him. By his early 30s, he fought symptoms of dementia, struggled with depression and could scantly recall mundane details of the previous day or even the thrill of bygone victories.
Snead’s post-football descent deepens questions about the dangers of a beloved American pastime and what experts say routine head trauma does to the brains of young players weekend after weekend during football season. It has put the issue of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, on center stage for Snead’s loved ones, who have now devoted themselves to educating parents and youths about the dangers and the need for top-line safety gear.
Snead’s family — his father, mother and two siblings — believes he suffered a series of concussions throughout his life, from when he was a rough-and-tumble boy in rural Texas crashing into live oak trees to the infamous Cotton Bowl helmet-to-helmet impact captured on national TV.
Snead himself was so certain that he suffered from CTE that he instructed his family to donate his brain to medical research after his death.”
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Despite receiving a first place vote, Texas baseball will open amid the Big 12 Conference’s middle-runners, behind the top-ranked Texas Tech Red Raiders, the Oklahoma State Cowboys, the TCU Horned Frogs and the Oklahoma Sooners.
- Ian Boyd’s blog Sports Treatise ranks Texas football among the Big 12’s second tier of programs coming into 2020, behind defending conference champs Oklahoma and, surprisingly, Oklahoma State. From ST: “Texas has the best player and the most overall talent of any team in the league. Sam Ehlinger returns as something close to a 4-year starter with all of Colt McCoy’s records in his sights and he’ll have both OTs, several 4/5 star skill talents, and then something like seven defensive starters all guided by an overhauled staff to help him. Texas’ best defender Joe Ossai will finally be playing his natural position as a DE/OLB and new DC Chris Ash intends to leverage Texas’ athleticism into a simpler, press-quarters, ‘we’re going to get in your face and make you beat us’ base defense.”
- Texas women’s basketball (14-6) is looking to continue their win streak tonight against the No. 2 Baylor Bears (18-1). If successful, it wouldn’t be the Longhorns’ first time this season to topple a top-ranked women’s college basketball’s team. Earlier this season, the Longhorns managed to overcome the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal, earning a ranking in the process. Tipoff is at 6 p.m. Central at the Frank Erwin Center. Catch the game on FS1 or the Fox Sports app.
IT'S GAMEDAY!— Texas Women's Basketball (@TexasWBB) January 31, 2020
No. 2 Baylor
6 p.m. CT
- Texas men’s basketball (13-7) is coming off a win over TCU earlier this week. This weekend, they’ll take on the Iowa State Cyclones (9-11) with the hope they can keep their streak alive.
- Athlon Sports ranked the 10 toughest players to replace in the Big 12 this season. Included among them was departing senior receiver Devin Duvernay, who’s heading to the NFL. From Athlon Sports: “After years on the periphery of the Texas offense, Duvernay arguably became the focal point last season. His 106 catches nearly tripled the next closest player on his own team and put him third nationally. A bevy of Longhorns will audition in the offseason for Duvernay’s role of go-to receiver.”