Texas Longhorns athletics fans will be without their favorite pastime for a while.
On Thursday, the Big 12 opted to cancel the remainder of the conference basketball tournament. The latest developments comes after officials decided on Wednesday that it would go on without attending fans, despite the current panic over the coronavirus.
It remains unclear whether Texas baseball’s three-game series against the New Mexico Lobos is still set for this coming weekend. We’ll keep you updated as the story develops.
Texas head baseball coach David Pierce was scheduled to meet with reporters today at 1:45 p.m.— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) March 12, 2020
That availability has been postponed.
No new word on this weekend’s series with New Mexico. Announcement came down last night that games would be played without fans at Disch-Falk.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Golden: NCAA announcement banning fans is only the beginning
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Even if it is an over-reaction, the NCAA wisely chooses to shut public out
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: COVID-19 is causing problems for programs, prospects on the recruiting trail
Austin American-Statesman: March minus the madness: Big 12, NCAA ban fans from basketball tournaments
Dallas Morning News: No need for Selection Sunday: Texas Tech vs. Texas in the Big 12 Tournament is a virtual NCAA play-in game
Sports Illustrated: Can Texas take down Texas Tech again?
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Longhorns bracing for coronavirus – so should you
247Sports: The Lone Star State Scorecard: Analyzing Texas recruiting wars
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- As the coronavirus panic continues, Texas has opted to extend its spring break period to Mach 30, the university announced Wednesday. “I am writing to announce that I have decided to extend spring break for students by one week in response to the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus),” said University of Texas president Greg Fenves in a press release Wednesday evening. “Classes will resume on campus on Monday, March 30, and students should plan on returning prior to that date.” This is only the beginning, folks.
Virus Concerns Force Texas Universities To Extend Spring Break https://t.co/grTEGBLA0g— T.L. Langford (@tlangford) March 12, 2020
- The Abilene Christian Wildcats never stood a chance against Texas baseball last night. The Longhorns let it rip at the plate and kept it tight when pitching from the mound. The final score: 9-1. Up next for Texas is a three-game weekend series with the New Mexico Lobos.
BALLGAME!— Texas Baseball (@TexasBaseball) March 12, 2020
Our guy @_jkyle_ sits ‘em down in order in the 9th and the Horns win, 9-1, over Abilene Christian! #HookEm | #OwnTheDisch pic.twitter.com/gIw9xTPoP5
- Mental conditioning is as key to winning championships as physical conditioning. Texas defensive coordinator Chris Ash, it seems, understands that. Check out the clip below:
“Get your mind right!” - Chris Ash#ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/pmclOfxA0M— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) March 11, 2020
- Texas baseball third baseman Cam Williams will be out for about a month after he underwent surgery earlier this week for a hamate bone injury. From 247Sports: “Williams was out of the lineup for Sunday’s 8-4 win over Cal State Fullerton that allowed Texas (13-3) to clinch a series sweep of the Titans with what Pierce described as tenderness in his wrist. The junior college transfer was due to be checked out by the team’s medical staff Monday, an examination that has resulted in a surgery that will keep Williams out of action through the first few weekends of Big 12 play. Through 12 games (11 starts), Williams was hitting .250 with .352 on-base percentage and a slugging percentage of .375 (.727 OPS). On the season, Williams has scored nine runs to go along with two doubles and a home run, which was a 10th-inning walk-off shot on Feb. 23 to secure a series sweep of Boise State with a 7-5 victory.” For at least the time being, Williams will be sorely missed in the dugout.
Four of the greatest words:— Longhorn Network (@LonghornNetwork) February 23, 2020
Walk-off home run
Cam Williams hits a homer in the bottom of the 10th to left field to elevate @TexasBaseball to 8-0 on the season. pic.twitter.com/5IgKeZCyst