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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Big 12 commissioner expects to see some fans in stadiums this fall

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Plus: Texas baseball signee named Gatorade Player of the Year, but there’s a catch as it pertains to the Forty Acres

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In a Friday morning interview with Sirius XM’s Big 12 Radio, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said he expects to see at least partial capacity of fans in stadiums this fall.

“It really depends on how things go between now and then. I think it’s fair to ask the question: If it’s safe for the kids to be on the field in close contact to one another, why wouldn’t it be safe for fans to be in the stands at social distance?” Bowlsby said, according to the Dallas Morning News. “Now you take an 80,000-seat stadium, though, and you might end up with 20,000 people there.”

That’s the type of good news we like to end the week on.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Miami Herald: Texas ex Brandon Jones’ NFL journey included tragedy and an unusual project

Austin American-Statesman: Separated by COVID-19, Jhenna Gabriel among the Texas volleyball players getting ‘hungrier than ever’

Dallas Morning News: College athletics could be improved by some big-time reforms. Is the coronavirus pandemic a tipping point?

Dallas Morning News: Texas roster rankings, Nos. 5-1: Potential first round picks, Sam Ehlinger lead the way

Sports Illustrated: Zach Shackelford calls chance to play with Tom Brady ‘surreal’

Sports Illustrated: What will it take for Texas to dethrone Oklahoma in the Big 12?

247Sports: The Roundup: Recapping another week in Texas recruiting

247Sports: The State of Recruiting: Featuring Casey Cain and Jaydon Blue

247Sports: When voluntary activities begin, Texas should be ready to roll

USA Today: Tom Herman absent on list of top Power Five college football coaches

ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION

Texas offers 2023 California QB Malachi Nelson

NFL Draft results caused No. 4 SDE Tunmise Adeleye to pick Ohio State over Texas

WHAT WE’RE READING

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SBNation: Adult website wants name on Saints’ stadium

The Ringer: ‘NBA Desktop’: Michael’s Jordan’s best lies from ‘The Last Dance’

NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND

  • Texas baseball signee Jared Kelley is officially the latest Texas Gatorade Player of the Year, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “This marks the second time in the past three years that Gatorade has recognized a UT baseball signee as the top player in Texas. But like 2018 winner Brett Baty, a Lake Travis infielder who was selected by the New York Mets with the 12th pick in last year’s MLB Draft, Kelley may never make it to campus. This week, MLB.com predicted that Kelley would be the Mets’ first-round pick in next month’s draft.” So much for that short speck of good news and silver linings.
  • Texas athletics has released their nominations for Big 12 male and female athletes of the year: junior diver Jordan Windle, the reigning three-time conference Diver of the Year, and senior swimmer Claire Adams, who recently earned her third Big 12 Swimmer of the Year. The final results will be announced on Big 12 social media platforms on Thursday, May 28.
  • Happy belated 43rd birthday, Ricky Williams.