College football is on hold. The latest news came from NCAA officials on Wednesday, when they announced on social media that the recruiting dead period will be pushed from the deadline of April 1 to the end of May. All on- and off-campus visits remain suspended.
“The Division I Council Coordination Committee and the Division II Administrative Committee extended the recruiting dead period through May 31,” the NCAA said. “The committees will continue to be guided by experts to determine whether the date needs to be extended.”
Division I, Division II extends their recruiting dead periods: pic.twitter.com/aIC7WUTg3p— Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) April 1, 2020
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- The Dallas Morning News made their case for why incoming senior Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger should win the Heisman Trophy in 2020. From the Morning News: “Since finishing his freshman year in 2017 with a 11-7 touchdown-to-interception rate, Sam Ehlinger has pieced together two straight attention-grabbing seasons. The Austin-native improved his freshman year completion percentage of 57.5% to 64.7% as a sophomore and most recently finished the 2019 season with a completion rate of 65.2%. Ehlinger has already been named the No. 1 player returning in the Big 12 by PFF. They also mentioned Ehlinger’s two-year overall grade, which is only behind Joe Burrow, Trevor Lawrence, Tua Tagovailoa and Nathan Rourke. It will be tough to top his 39-touchdown (32 passing, 7 rushing) campaign from 2019, but new offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich just might put Ehlinger in a position to make a trip to the Heisman Trophy ceremony.”
- The Dallas Morning News also made their case for why Ehlinger won’t win the Heisman. From the Morning News: “For starters, we saw what exactly happened the last time Ehlinger and the Longhorns drew national recognition during the offseason. You either vividly remember or you’re actively trying to forget the fact that Kirk Herbstreit wrote Texas in as a CFP team at the beginning of the 2019 season while Ehlinger made it onto the cover of Sports Illustrated not once, but twice. Then the 2019 season featured five losses and Ehlinger doubled his interception count (10) from his 2018 campaign as the Longhorns’ season fizzled out with an Alamo Bowl victory. While Texas returns an experienced defense and plenty of talent on the offensive line, Ehlinger is still losing 6-6 Collin Johnson and sure-handed Devin Duvernay.”
Terry Bradshaw, shots fired.— Bob Ballou (@BobBallouSports) June 27, 2019
On Texas QB Sam Ehlinger:
"He ain't that good."
(*By 5-A he means 5-star) pic.twitter.com/ZNkU8fU7dA
- Since there’s no college sports at the moment, there are plenty of cases to be made (like the Dallas Morning News article mentioned above, for example) on why so-and-so deserves this-and-that. Sports Illustrated makes their case for why former Longhorn Eric Metcalf should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. From SI: “One of the things holding Metcalf out of the Hall of Fame right now is the era in which he played. He was a part of the legendary 1989 NFL Draft that saw four of the five picks (Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Derrick Thomas and Deion Sanders) all go into the Hall of Fame. Fellow 1989 after Steve Atwater just got in this year. Some might also look at his rushing stats as a drawback. Metcalf never gained more than 633 yards in a single season on the ground, a number that could hold back some traditionalists. In 2019 Metcalf was one of 102 nominees for the Hall of Fame, but did not make the list of 28 semifinalists, much less the 16 finalists. For now, it looks like the former Longhorn will have to play the waiting game, but when people look back on guys who left a lasting impression on the game, Metcalf’s name should always come up.”
There he is!! Tonight he will be enshrined into the Texas Sports Hall of Fame!! He will be forever a Texas legend!! #2 Eric Metcalf! pic.twitter.com/KFaiNWnVUJ— Anthony Geronimo (@ATXANT10) February 21, 2017
- Former Longhorns star Kevin Durant may have a chance to suit up for Team USA in the rescheduled 2021 summer Olympics, according to a recent story in Sports Illustrated. From SI: “Durant has been rehabbing a torn Achilies suffered in last year’s NBA Finals and was not expected to return to full action until the start of the 2020-21 basketball season. [He] was already included on the 44-man finalist list for Team USA though it was considered doubtful we’d see him actually play. ... Of course, there are plenty of other questions that come with the recent cancellations and postponements. Should the NBA be forced to delay the start of the season next year we could see the league’s schedule run into the Olympic games, forcing many players to make tough decisions.” But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.