We all saw this coming.
After the remainder of all the Texas Longhorns’ spring sports schedules were cancelled, after the NCAA nixed the March Madness tournament, after the sports world was seemingly turned on its head, it looks as though the Longhorns’ spring football will be cancelled, too.
Sources told the Austin American-Statesman that the Big 12 athletic directors are scheduled to meet later today. Though the situation remains fluid, the Statesman notes, that likely means spring football games and practice will join the growing list of cancellations.
“We are asking students not to return to campus this semester unless there is a specific need,” university president Gregory Fenves said in a statement earlier this week. “This decision has been made to protect the health and safety of all members of the UT community and reduce the spread of COVID-19 within the university and beyond.”
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | TUESDAY, MARCH 17 (1/10)— UT Austin (@UTAustin) March 17, 2020
Starting on March 30, we will be moving all spring semester classes online. We are asking students not to return to campus this semester unless there is a specific need: https://t.co/Vx3hdgkyzU pic.twitter.com/KOosUPgaDa
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Texas offers Erick Cade, Latrell Neville highlights Nos. 45-41 on Fab 55
Dallas Morning News: How would area teams have done in the Big Dance? Multiple experts had UNT as Cinderella, Baylor as top contender
247Sports: Elite 2022 RB Jadarian Price building bond with Texas staff
247Sports: Hal Presley ready to see Texas after Longhorn offer
247Sports: Among third-year Longhorns, Texas needs three linemen to step up
247Sports: Thoughts on in-state prospects in 247Sports 2022 Top247
247Sports: In historic run of Texas QBs, Quinn Ewers might be the very best
Sports Illustrated: Longhorns’ recruiting wish list for quarterbacks in 2021
Sports Illustrated: Longhorns recruiting wish list for running backs in 2021
USA Today: With no Randall Cobb, Duvernay to the Dallas Cowboys could make sense
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- The coronavirus outbreak knows no bounds. First, America’s much beloved actor Tom Hanks contracted the virus. Now, former Forty Acres star and Brooklyn Nets player Kevin Durant has been diagnosed, The Athletic reports. In the team’s statement, Nets officials claimed one of its four players was “exhibiting symptoms while three are asymptomatic. All four players are presently isolated and under the care of team physicians.”
Kevin Durant tested positive for coronavirus, Durant tells @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Durant says he is feeling fine: "Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We're going to get through this."— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 17, 2020
- Newly hired Longhorns defensive line coach Mark Hagen has joined the long list of folks wishing to revive Texas’ football rivalry against the Texas A&M Aggies, 247Sports reports. “Absolutely. I’m all for rivals playing,” Hagen reportedly said. “It should happen.”
- 2021 five-star running back TreVeyon Henderson included the Longhorns in his initial top schools list, alongside programs like the Michigan Wolverines, the Georgia Bulldogs, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Oklahoma Sooners, among others. In Virginia, Henderson is currently ranked the No. 2 running back and No. 3 players overall. He’s also ranked No. 17 in the 2021 class, according to 247Sports Composite rankings.
- Sports Illustrated is counting down the top Longhorns all-time in the NBA. Coming in at No. 5 on the list, Tristan Thompson. From SI: “Drafted fourth overall in the 2011 draft, Tristan Thompson came into the league with high expectations. Averaging 13.1 Pts, 7.8 Rebounds, and 1.3 Assists as a Longhorn and winning Big 12 Freshman of theYear in his lone season at UT, Thompson was able to prove his way into a top lottery pick in the NBA draft; only one of three longhorns to be selected in the top five.”