On Tuesday, Iowa State Cyclones athletic director Jamie Pollard told Cyclones that current guidelines by state and local officials limit the amount of fans who can attend a game in the fall to 30,000. Iowa State’s Jack Trice Stadium has a capacity of 61,500, 247Sports reports.
“Many of you have reached out recently with positive messages, words of encouragement, and questions about what lies ahead,” Pollard wrote in a letter. “The most-often asked questions have been ‘do you think we will play football this fall and will fans be allowed to attend the games?’ The purpose of this letter is to begin to answer those questions.”
“We fully anticipate playing football this fall,” he continued. “ ... To do that, we have to overcome several initial hurdles (i.e., getting the players safely back on campus, officially starting team activities, conducting preseason practice, etc.) before we can truly start to assess this fall’s season. ... We fully anticipate playing football ... on Saturday, Sept. 5.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Scouting the Next 25, continuing with Nos. 20-16
Dallas Morning News: As Big 12 prepares to bring athletes back to campuses, conference As are taking different approaches on handling their return
247Sports: Texas Morning Brew: Offense needs 45-point average, says Yurcich
247Sports: Confidence board: A break down of Texas recruiting by position
247Sports: Which 2022 prospects is Texas in a good position with?
247Sports: The nation’s No. 1 center James Brockermeyer talks top four
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
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SBNation: The NHL’s wild alternate season plan, explained
ESPN: College football’s strange but true historical facts for each Top 25 team
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Texas Longhorns alum Joyner Holmes and Sug Sutton are no longer in the WNBA, the Austin American-Statesman reports. Both were cut from their teams, the Washington Mystics and Seattle Storm, due to the June 1 deadline. From the Statesman: “The lack of a training camp and practices surely hurt Holmes and Sutton’s professional prospects, but both Longhorns were already facing an uphill climb. Last season, five of the 12 second-round selections from the 2019 draft failed to appear in 10 games. Only one third-round pick played 10 times. Ahead of the 2020 draft, ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo also predicted that it would be tough to make it with Seattle and Washington because of the veterans left on those rosters.”
- The Collegiate Baseball Newspaper has named Texas junior right-handed pitcher Bryce Elder to its second-team All-American honors, the publication announced Tuesday.
- CBS Sports doesn’t think Texas head coach Tom Herman is a top four coach in the Big 12. In fact, he’s No. 5, behind Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Gary Patterson with the TCU Horned Frogs, Mike Gundy with the Oklahoma State Cowboys and, of course, Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners. From CBS Sports’ take on Herman among Power Five Conference coaches: “Texas failed to live up to dreams and expectations in 2019, and Herman’s ranking suffered for it. He dropped 11 spots down to No. 28, and it’s hard to argue with the results. I kept Herman at No. 25 because I know what his teams are capable of accomplishing. In my eyes, the problem is that his teams lack the kind of consistency needed to enter the elite tier. If that problem gets solved, Herman could be at the head of a juggernaut.”