There’s good news and bad news. Which do you want first?
Good it is. During an interview with Big 12 Radio yesterday, conference commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he believes the 2020 college football season will start on time later this year, despite concerns over the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic. That part is great.
Then there’s the bad news. “We will be very, very lucky to start on Labor Day weekend and get through the football season without disruptions,” Bowlsby said. “We will be very lucky to get through the postseason and the basketball season without disruptions. We’re going to have a new normal and we’re going to have to have an idea of how we’re going to deal with these things.” He also said there may be concerns about the Red River Showdown between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners in Dallas later this year. “When you think about a Petri dish for spreading infection, can you think of one that’s better than the State Fair of Texas,” Bowlsby continued, citing the game’s surrounding festivities. “People are jammed in there and they’re enthusiastic. It’s about a perfect place to transmit any kind of infection.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Commitment 101: Jahdae Barron was an unexpected gift for the Texas Longhorns
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: NCAA is gradually looking to help its athletes, but too slowly
Sports Illustrated: Tom Herman talks about Texas’ first-round draft drought
247Sports: Jadhae Barron talks crazy last couple of weeks, Texas decision
247Sports: Will addition of Greg Brown III be Shaka Smart’s saving grace?
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
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ESPN: A lost leg ... a lost life? What happened after Alex Smith’s injury
NEWS ACROSS THE FORTY ACRES AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL LANDSCAPE
- Former Longhorn basketball All-American Stacy Stephens is officially the new head coach at Our Lady of the Lake in San Antonio, the school announced Thursday. Stephens was a standout at Texas from 2000 to 2004, in which she twice earned All-American honors and is still ranked No. 2 in the program’s record books for career rebounds (1,123), as well as career starts (134.) As of 2017, she’s also a member of the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.
- Texas football offered the nation’s top junior college player earlier this week, Sports Illustrated reports. From SI: “[Experts] are forecasting Warren to end up at Penn State, with Oklahoma and Maryland also in the mix, but this talented prospect could probably go to any school in the country he chooses. It’s rare to find such a plug-and-play ready defensive player from the [JUCO] ranks and teams are lining up for his services. The Texas coaching staff has some connections to the Northeast with both Chris Ash and Jay Valai and they will have to work their magic to get Warren’s attention in a crowded recruiting race.”
- My Texas Tailgate’s first all-virtual experience is scheduled for later today.