We probably won’t know much more about the 2020 college football season until June, according to a recent announcement from Texas school officials. In other words, our excitement for the Texas Longhorns will have to wait – at least for a few more weeks.
“[Monday], Governor Greg Abbott announced plans to gradually, and strategically, begin reopening the state of Texas. Starting Friday, certain businesses and organizations will be allowed to open, albeit with new capacity restrictions and social distancing protocols,” wrote soon-to depart University of Texas president Greg Fenves and Interim President Designate Jay Hartzell in a joint press release. “Our goal remains to reopen the Forty Acres in the fall, likely with some courses and activities held in person and others online as dictated by health and safety concerns. But to get there, we still have a great deal of planning to do, and we must first assess and address a range of risks and solutions.”
Let’s hope there’s good news on the horizon.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Burnt Orange Nation: The Longhorn Republic looks at Texas softball
Burnt Orange Nation: Why the Baltimore Ravens were so excited to select Texas WR Devin Duvernay
Austin American-Statesman: Following Michigan WR Tarik Black’s pledge, will Texas get a boost from another graduate transfer?
Dallas Morning News: NCAA’s stance on athlete compensation has taken a significant step forward – even if it had to be forced
Sports Illustrated: Duvernay enters NFL with a ‘chip on my shoulder’
Sports Illustrated: Herman strikes gold again in the transfer market
247Sports: Five reasons why Tarik Black is a big addition to Texas
ICYMI AT BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
Banner Society: An analysis of Skip Bayless’s horse butt
Banner Society: Bad Idea Time: A College Football Playoff spot for the school that makes a COVID-19 vaccine
The Ringer: The Bengals cut Andy Dalton. Is he bound for the Patriots?
ESPN: Would a baseball card lie? Cracking the mystery of Don Mattingly’s birthday
USA Today: MLB and NBA’s first steps provide hope for college football season
247Sports: Which programs best develop elite talent? A five-year deep dive
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL LANDSCAPE
- The NCAA will soon decide changes to policies pertaining to players’ name and likeness rights. That’s a huge step in the right direction for athletes getting properly compensated, as the Dallas Morning News properly notes. But what does it mean for the Longhorns? Sports Illustrated has an idea. From SI: “Players could find new ways to monetize their social media followings ... . We could see podcasts from players in the future as well. Car lots can bring in players for autograph signings to generate customer traffic. It appears as if the new regulations won’t put a cap on compensation for athletes from third parties regarding name and image likeness, and for Texas players that’s a very good thing [because the] Austin metro area is the 11th largest in the country with upwards of 2.1 million people. It’s the biggest city in America without a professional sports franchise from one of the major four leagues (NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL). In addition the university’s athletic program generates more money than any other in the United States. It is also considered by most to be the flagship football program in the second-most-populated state in the country.” More below.
- Folks are excited about newly committed receiver Tarik Black.
Texas QB Sam Ehlinger will have quite the array of weapons in 2020 even after the departure of Duvernay & Johnson.— CJ Vogel (@cjvogel3) April 29, 2020
About as loaded a WR group Texas has had in a decade #HookEm https://t.co/KwjJ9nN8Dp
- Longhorn Network will re-air the Longhorns and Utah Utes Alamo Bowl game on Friday.