On Wednesday, Texas Longhorns school officials released a letter that stated they “hope to reopen the campus” come fall 2020, the Austin American-Statesman reports. A final decision has yet to be made and reportedly likely won’t come until June at the earliest.
“Now, as we near the final weeks of spring semester, the university is looking to the future and evaluating options for how we will teach, research, learn and operate during the fall,” the letter said, per the Statesman’s report. “We expect to announce the university’s plans for the fall semester by the end of June. ... When will the Longhorn football team be able to take the field at DKR-Texas Memorial Stadium again? These and other questions are being evaluated by a university-wide task force to assess our operations for the fall semester.”
That’s a silver lining.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Former players know why Mack Brown is recruiting well at North Carolina
Austin American-Statesman: Texas coach Vic Schaefer reacts as Longhorns officially sign three newcomers to play basketball
Dallas Morning News: How much money are college football players worth? Research shows 5-star recruits would earn big payday
Sports Illustrated: Flashback to the Longhorns record-breaking 1984 draft class
247Sports: Roundtable: What we would’ve been watching for in spring game
247Sports: Tom Herman identifies potential breakout Longhorns on defense
NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE IN LONGHORN LAND AND THE BIG 12
- Texas men’s basketball will host the Villanova Wildcats in the Big 12/Big East Battle next season, CBS reports.
Sources: Matchups for the 2020 Big East-Big 12 Battle are set.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 22, 2020
Villanova at Texas
Creighton at Kansas
Baylor at Seton Hall
Providence at TCU
St. John’s at Texas Tech
Oklahoma at Xavier
West Virginia at Georgetown
Oklahoma St at Marquette
DePaul at Iowa St
Kansas St at Butler
- The NCAA has made a few rule tweaks heading into the 2020 college football season, the Associated Press reports. From the AP: “Players ejected from football games for targeting will be allowed to remain on the sidelines, the NCAA announced Tuesday. The Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved the rules change no longer requiring players to head to the locker room after targeting is confirmed. All other aspects of the rule discouraging above-the-shoulders contact remain the same. The panel also approved a pace-of-play guideline for instant replay officials to complete video reviews in less than two minutes. Reviews that are exceptionally complicated or involve end-of-game issues should be completed as efficiently as possible without a stated time limit. A clock rule regarding instant replay also was approved. If the game clock expires at the end of a half and replay determines there was time remaining and the clock should start on the referee’s signal, there must be at least 3 seconds left, when the ball should have been declared dead, to restore time. If less than 3 seconds remain on the game clock, the half is over. The panel approved a rule that officials’ jurisdiction of a game begins 90 minutes before kickoff, instead of the current 60. ... Only two players on a team will be allowed to wear the same jersey number to limit confusion among officials and to make opponent scouting less difficult. The players must not be on the field at the same time. Also, players will be allowed to wear number “0” this season.”
Players ejected for targeting will no longer have to head back to the locker room after the NCAA approved new rule changes https://t.co/1I4x0zXoPp— SI College Football (@si_ncaafb) April 22, 2020
- Texas football remains the top school in the Big 12 in terms of 2020 recruiting, according to 247Sports Composite rankings – in case you needed a pick-me-up today. You’re welcome.