On Tuesday, Texas Longhorns athletic officials provided a guide to university employees that lays out how, exactly, coaches and staff will return to work on campus this summer, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman’s report: “The majority of UT’s 375 employees office in the north end zone of Royal-Memorial Stadium. Going forward, employees will have to fill out an online questionnaire at home before showing up, according to a document reviewed by the American-Statesman. In addition, they must pass a temperature check to get into the building, wear a face covering at all times and practice social distancing, according to the document. This is the new normal for the time being.”
The new procedures were tested last week, prior to head coach Tom Herman and staff returning to campus on Monday, the Statesman notes. As Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has also stated in interviews, athletes could return to campus as soon as next month.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Austin health officials skeptical of large crowds gathering for Texas football in 2020
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Ranking, projecting Texas’ six offensive commits in the 2021 recruiting cycle
Dallas Morning News: Delayed or not, college football will be back, but prepare for a new normal
Dallas Morning News: Texas roster rankings, Nos. 10-6: Dicker The Kicker and Derek Kerstetter check into the top 10
247Sports: Texas Morning Brew: Mike Zimmer on Holton Hill, Kris Boyd
247Sports: The Breakdown: A closer look at wide receiver recruiting
247Sports: The Flagship: Emmanuel Acho weighs in on Texas, Tom Herman
247Sports: Who’s keeping Texas, Tom Herman from climbing the Big 12 ladder?
USA Today: Ohio State commit reveals why he did not choose Texas
USA Today: Texas listed among teams with the most pressure to win this season
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WHAT WE’RE READING
The Ringer: The testing plans at the center of the NBA’s relaunch efforts
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Theres’s a big vote among NCAA officials happening today, Sports Illustrated reports. From SI: “The NCAA Division I Council, a decision-making group consisting of representatives from 40 schools across the country, is meeting Wednesday and expected to revise its current ban on players returning to campus. The current moratorium is set to expire on May 31.” One of three scenarios are likely to play out, SI continues: “They can keep campuses shutdown completely by extending the ban, an unlikely ruling, according to people knowledgeable about the discussions; they can open campuses for voluntary training (without coaching interaction); or they can grant required training (with staff interaction).”
NCAA Council will vote Wed to relax moratorium on athletic activities on campus that extends to May 31. It looks good, folks, that at least voluntary workouts will be allowed June 1. https://t.co/6zqZtJaOYg— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) May 19, 2020
- Happy belated one-year anniversary to Longhorns men’s tennis, who yesterday celebrated their first orbit around the sun since clinching a national championship last season.
It's time for the premiere of the documentary Run of Champs: The Story of the 2019 Texas Men's Tennis National Championship! Enjoy the show! #RunOfChamps #HookEm https://t.co/rQV7oVvTP3 pic.twitter.com/YL7xqDfKb5— Texas Men's Tennis (@TexasMTN) May 19, 2020
- Former Texas head coach Mack Brown, who’s now in his second tenure leading the North Carolina Tar Heels, is fondly remembered for his time on the Forty Acres. Perhaps his legacy as a Texas great would be even more so had he not allowed future NFL Hall of Fame running back Adrian Peterson slip through his hands to Bob Stoops and the Oklahoma Sooners back in the early aughts. In a recent interview with the Charlotte Observer, Brown said this when asked about recruits he wished he’d landed: “I would say it was probably Adrian Peterson. He was a great running back at Oklahoma. He was from East Texas. That’s probably one that got away that I thought we had a chance to get.” We’d certainly say so. Oh, well!