Texas Longhorns quarterback Sam Ehlinger isn’t the Forty Acres’ only high-profile athlete who’s throwing his support behind relief efforts aimed at those suffered from COVID-19. Texas women’s basketball’s Charli Collier, whose sophomore season as an All-Big 12 honoree was cut short due to the pandemic, has launched a fundraiser via GoFundMe.
Its goal: To raise $500,000.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO ALL!! Let's come together and raise $500,000 for COVID-19 relief. @sehlinger3 shoutout to you for setting a good example. Link is below and also in my bio to donate. Details are on the GoFundMe page. God Bless. pic.twitter.com/ZEuG4GwC2u— Charli Collier™ (@CharliC_14) March 31, 2020
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Competitiveness, toughness are innate in Texas commitment Jalen Milroe
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Rigid NCAA offers compassionate response, extra years to athletes
Dallas Morning News: A delayed season? No football? Predictions are impossible, but college athletic departments are preparing for anything
Sports Illustrated: SI takes a look at the complex issue of giving spring athletes extra eligibility
Sports Illustrated: Texas adapting to recruiting without in-person contact
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- The coronavirus outbreak has thrown a chink in the chain for outgoing Texas safety Brandon Jones, whose pro day on campus was scheduled for today but was later cancelled due to outbreak of the novel coronavirus. From the Austin American-Statesman: “... Jones, who started 35 career games, was among those who planned on working out for scouts on Wednesday. He’ll instead spend the day in Frisco, where he’s been getting workouts in on the football field at Plano West High School and at a friend’s home gym. He had shoulder surgery in January and was unable to work out at the NFL scouting combine in February. He still isn’t doing bench presses. High-pointing jumps during positional drills also may have been a problem on Wednesday. Jones was still looking forward to running the 40-yard dash and doing other agility tests for scouts, though. ... The NFL draft is April 23-25. Many mock drafts have projected the 5-11, 198-pound safety as a third- or fourth-round pick.”
Shoulder surgery cost Brandon Jones a chance to work out at the NFL Combine. COVID-19 fears led to the cancellation of his pro day.— Danny Davis (@aasdanny) March 31, 2020
Is Jones' stock slipping? No. In fact, one publication called him "the most prepared safety in the 2020 NFL draft"https://t.co/dbJ6O5si1o #HookEm
- As Burnt Orange Nation noted yesterday, the Longhorns have scheduled a home-and-home series against the Gonzaga Bulldogs. From BON’s previous report: “According to CBS Sports insider Jon Rothstein, the Texas Longhorns and Gonzaga Bulldogs have agreed to a 2020-21 home-and-home series on the hardwood. Texas will play host to Gonzaga at the Erwin Center on Nov. 13, 2020, while the return game will be played at the rowdy McCarthey Athletic Center in Spokane in 2021. Dating back to the 2004-05 season, Mark Few’s program ranks second nationally with a home winning percentage of 93.7 percent. On top of this meeting, the Longhorns are scheduled to play in the Maui Invitational from Nov. 23-25. The rest of Texas’ non-conference matchups have yet to be announced.
Texas to host Gonzaga in home-and-home men’s basketball series on Nov. 13 https://t.co/dHvjq1DvRZ— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) March 31, 2020
- Four-star 2021 offensive lineman recruit Bram Walden, the No. 2 player in Arizona, has included Texas among his likely landing spots. From Sports Illustrated: “Walden currently looks like an Oregon lean at this point, but Texas has to feel good about being the only Big 12 school to make the cut. In all truthfulness, even if the Longhorns don’t land Walden, things are looking pretty good when it comes to recruiting his position for 2021. This is a great year for offensive tackle talent and the Longhorns are in on several big-time prospects to go along with the already-committed Hayden Conner out of Katy. Tommy Brockermeyer is a legacy recruit and the potential five-star OT might be the No. 1 player on the Longhorns entire recruiting board right now. Walden isn’t even the only offensive tackle in Arizona the Longhorns are recruiting currently with four-star Jonah Miller - former high school teammates with Longhorn running back Bijan Robinson - also a high priority. There are plenty of options, but Herb Hand isn’t putting all his eggs in one basket. He’s clearly spreading his attention to several of the talented prospects in and out of the state of Texas.”
- For the sake of morale, Texas athletes put together a montage for fans.
- Tell us something we don’t know, Coach Mack.
- Nothing better to do? Watch the 2006 Rose Bowl game for 24 hours straight.