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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Everything is cancelled, including the Texas Football Coaches Clinic

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Plus: At least the NFL Draft is still set for April 23-25

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State high school coaches will be without the Texas Longhorns annual clinic on the Forty Acres due to the coronavirus outbreak, which is proving to be bummer on a variety of levels.

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.”

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 Raidersin 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: