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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci says football would be ‘the perfect set up for spreading’ COVID-19

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Plus: Talk around Texas offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi’s future heats up

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In an interview with NBC’s Football Morning in America, infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci told host Peter King that football could help further spread the coronavirus.

“Sweat does not do it,” Fauci said. “This is a respiratory virus, so it’s going to be spread by shedding virus. The problem with virus shedding is that if I have it in my nasal pharynx, and it sheds and I wipe my hand against my nose—now it’s on my hand. You see, then I touch my chest or my thigh, then it’s on my chest or my thigh for at least a few hours. Sweat as such won’t transmit it. But if people are in such close contact as football players are on every single play, then that’s the perfect set up for spreading. I would think that if there is an infected football player on the field – a middle linebacker, a tackle, whoever it is it – as soon as they hit the next guy, the chances are that they will be shedding virus all over that person.”

“If you really want to be in a situation where you want to be absolutely certain, you’d test all the players before the game,” Fauci continued. “And you say, Those who are infected: Sorry, you’re sidelined. Those who are free: Get in there and play.”

That’s probably not the news you were hoping for.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: Tara’s time: Following two odd years at Texas, Davis looks to capitalize on a big 2021

Dallas Morning News: ‘She deserves the world’: How Texas safety Caden Sterns’ relationship with his mother kept him from choosing LSU

USA Today: Senate Commerce Committee chair sends letter to NCAA about athlete name, image, likeness

Sports Illustrated: Latest commitment shows Texas’ increased presence in Dallas area

Sports Illustrated: Can Texas keep verbal commits on board when campus visits resume?

Sports Illustrated: Texas players feel a sense of urgency through offseason conditioning

247Sports: Commitment analysis: What Texas gets in Morice Blackwell

247Sports: If 2020 is going to be Texas’ year, ‘it can’t be lip service’

ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION

Longhorns land pledge from 3-star in-state OLB Morice Blackwell

4-star ATH Dametrious Crownover reveals top schools

3-star RB Jonathan Brooks sets decision date

4-star OLB Clayton Smith releases top 6 schools

WHAT WE’RE READING

SBNation: NBA players express concern over pressure surrounding individual workouts

SBNation: What if Aaron Rodgers actually quit football?

The Ringer: The college football season is in jeopardy. The NCAA’s economic model should be too

NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND COLLEGE SPORTS

  • Could Texas’ incoming junior offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi be a top 10 NFL Draft pick im 2021? That’s the question posed by ESPN. From ESPN: “Cosmi, who started at right tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2018 then switched to left tackle last season, is a phenomenal athlete. Just watch this 12-yard touchdown reception from 2019. He has great feet and can also bowl over edge defenders in the run game. If he puts all of his talent together, he could be a top-10 pick. The Big 12 is wide open in 2020, but the Longhorns have the league’s best offensive lineman and a really solid veteran quarterback in Sam Ehlinger.”
  • Texas is verging on a top 10 recruiting class ranking, Sports Illustrated notes. From SI: “While Texas sits behind 12 other schools on the list, the Longhorns are poised for an even bigger rise in the coming months. Texas’ average player ranking of 92.27 is better than No. 11 Miami (87.64), No. 10 Michigan (89.18), No. 9 Notre Dame (91.95), No. 8 Iowa (88.24), No. 7 Minnesota (87.59), No. 6 Florida (90.71), No. 5 USC (92.14), No. 3 North Carolina (91.46) and No. 2 Tennessee (89.70). Many of those classes ahead of Texas are already close to halfway full while the Longhorns have just eight commitments so far.”
  • Former Michigan wide receiver Tarik Black is officially a Longhorn.