OrangeBloods reports that the Texas Longhorns football coaching staff will be allowed to return to their campus offices next week. Naturally, as is always the case during these strange times, social distancing practices will be required among the coaches. They’re expected to return to their offices for only Monday, Wednesday and Friday going forward.
Players will still be required to interact virtually.
The Texas Longhorn football staff will return to campus on Monday (less than 30), according to my sources. They will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. However, players will resume virtual meetings on Wednesday. Social distancing and masks will be emphasized.— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) May 14, 2020
Even so, let’s not pretend as though this isn’t good news for the 2020 football season.
The fact that coaches are being allowed back on campus is a sign that university officials are growing more confident in their ability to navigate the nation’s ongoing health crisis.
Play ball? Not quite yet. But damn, we sure are getting closer.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Texas’ offensive recruiting wishlist remains mostly unchanged
Dallas Morning News: 5 key issues for Texas heading into next season: Who can solve Texas’ punt returning problems?
Sports Illustrated: Texas’ next addition to the 2021 class could be coming very soon
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Newcomers getting after it
247Sports: Quinn Ewers talks recruitment and 2020 goals at Carroll
247Sports: Texas felt like home for new commit Morice Blackwell
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
How Texas has filled late needs under Tom Herman
NCAA recruiting dead period extended once again
The Longhorn Republic looks at volleyball history
Oklahoma trending for No. 8 OLB Clayton Smith ahead of Friday decision
WHAT WE’RE READING
Banner Society: Why has NCAA Football’s popularity exploded mid-pandemic?
SBNation: NBA expected to make decision on 2019-20 season in 2-4 weeks
ESPN: Ranking the best teams in college football for the next three years: Clemson, Alabama and who else?
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND COLLEGE SPORTS
- Texas tennis standout Biance Turati is taking it pro, according to a post she wrote on the university’s website. Turati, who earned Big 12 player of the year honors and No. 1 spot in the ITA singles during her time as a Longhorn, writes in the letter, “I can say now that [committing to the University of Texas] was the best decision I’ve ever made. The best one of my life. College helped me grow up so much as a person and tennis player. It made me become a much tougher woman. A confident one. One that knows what she wants. Well, I know that my incredible journey at Texas has come to an end. It is time for me to end a chapter of my life and begin a new one. I am ready now to take that step of throwing myself into professional tennis. I am ready to go after my dreams. And I am very excited about it.”
‘Hook ’em forever’: Texas tennis star Bianca Turati going pro after sensational UT career https://t.co/4FD2az2vch— Big 12 Blog Network (@Big12Blogs) May 14, 2020
- How many wins this season does Texas football need to consider the year a success? That’s the question posed by our friends at 247Sports. From 247Sports: “[Bobby Burton]: Ten. That needs to be the minimum going forward. It’s attainable, so long as there’s a complete season played. Obviously, there should be loftier goals than just win totals. ... [Chip Brown]: For it to be considered a successful season, Texas has to be in the Big 12 title game. For it to be considered a “very” successful season, Texas has to end OU’s five-year hold on the Big 12 championship trophy and earn Tom Herman’s first College Football Playoff berth as a head coach. ... [Jeff Howe]: However many wins it takes to get to the Big 12 championship game. ... [Taylor Estes]: Texas needs at least 10 wins in order to consider 2020 a successful season, but the goal needs to be bigger than just a win total, it needs to be solely on playing for championships. ... [Mike Roach]: I’d like to say nine at a minimum, but when you look at the experience on the roster, state of the Big 12 and condition of the program, double-digit wins are a must right now. ... [Nick Harris]: I think 10 wins during the regular season needs to be the standard with the amount of talent on the team in 2020. It is a favorable year in the Big 12 for the Longhorns and I see no reason why Texas should not be able to run the table ...”
All four throws from Sam Ehlinger's game-winning drive vs K-State. First and last are unspectacular, but does a good job on the second play to remain calm and get *some* yardage back on 1st/20. Third throw is excellent. 18-yd comeback from middle of hashes is an NFL throw. pic.twitter.com/o2NVSrkGSk— Derrik Klassen (@QBKlass) May 12, 2020