From the Austin American-Statesman: “Bob Shipley, the director of high school relations for the UT football program, tweeted on Tuesday that the 2020 Texas Football Coaches Clinic had been cancelled. Shipley cited the “growing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus” as the reason. The coaching clinic was scheduled for April 3-4. Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel had been booked to be the keynote speaker. Texas’ coaching clinic draws hundreds of high school coaches from Texas and other states. UT coach Tom Herman and members of his staff have traditionally addressed the attendees. NFL head coaches like New England’s Bill Belichick (2017), Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis (2018) and Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams (2019) have previously been featured speakers.”
With the growing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, our Annual Texas Coaches Clinic (April 3-4) has been cancelled. We're truly sorry we will miss you and our thoughts are on your safety, health & well-being at this time. All registered coaches will receive a refund.— Bob Shipley (@RobertShipley2) March 17, 2020
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Examining prospects Nos. 50-46 on the 2021 Fabulous 55
247Sports: Hal Presley ready to see Texas after Longhorn offer
247Sports: Three-star tight end Elijah Arroyo updates recruitment
247Sports: Texas visit impresses five-star running back Camar Wheaton
247Sports: Recent Texas de-commitments: Where are they now?
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Texas ex defensive lineman Hassan Ridgeway landed himself a new one-year contract with ther Philadelphia Eagles yesterday. Ridgeway played for the Longhorns from 2012 to 2015.
- Speaking of Longhorns in the NFL, despite the concerns surrounding the NFL Draft and the coronavirus, recent Texas ex and soon-to-be pro safety Brandon Jones is still expected to do fine. From 247Sports: “While offseason shoulder surgery put Jones on the shelf for eight weeks and prevented him from participating in both the Senior Bowl in January and the NFL Scouting Combine in February, the former Texas safety has managed to put his best foot forward in the draft process. Following the combine, Matt Miller, Bleacher Report’s lead analyst for the NFL draft had Jones as the first Longhorn to come off of the board — in the third round, No. 81 overall to the Las Vegas Raiders — in his latest three-round mock draft.”
- Fear not, though, the NFL Draft will still go on as planned from April 23-25. Well, almost. There just won’t be any fans in attendance this time around. It’ll be weird but good.
There will be no fans at the NFL draft.— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) March 16, 2020
The league will continue with the draft as scheduled on April 23-25, but public events will be closed due to the coronavirus.
(via @nfldraftscout) pic.twitter.com/zcpOGLEd9f
- Three former Longhorns were in the XFL: Kent Perkins was with the St. Louis Battlehawks and Cedric Reed and Patrick Vahe were with the Los Angeles Wildcats. Now, they’re all out of football due to the fallout following the coronavirus outbreak this month. Still, according to the XFL, each player will receive their season’s pay in the end. Here’s the XFL’s statement: “Currently, the XFL will not be playing its regular season games. All players will be paid their base pay and benefits for the 2020 regular season. All XFL ticket holders will be issued refunds or credit towards future games. The XFL is committed to playing a full season in 2021 and future years.” They also followed up on Twitter in predictable XFL style.
We will not be finishing the season.— XFL (@realXFLfootball) March 13, 2020
We are not going away. We are not folding. This is to protect the public health.
If you numbnuts want to crack jokes, go ahead. We can take it and everyone can use a good laugh now.
We will be fucking back. #XFL pic.twitter.com/1mapZWYxpH
- Incoming senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger has steadily improved year over year. Don’t believe us, despite his quality of play? Pro Football Talk says so, too. See for yourself: