TCU Horned Frogs athletic director Jeremiah Donati told fans on Wednesday he is confident football will take place in the fall, despite concerns over the pandemic’s second wave. In an interview with WBAP in Forth Worth, Donati said he expects a capacity cap at Amon G. Garter Stadium to fall between 25 to 50 percent, depending on the virus’ future trajectory.
“We’re very confident that we will have fans in the stands,” Donati told the hosts. “There are obviously some social distancing guidelines and measures that we will have to undertake. Obviously, things can change, but right now we’re looking at models of 25 percent capacity up to 50 percent. We don’t have anything finalized yet because we still have a few months, but that’s where it feels right today, that it’s going to be one of those two.” He continued, “We fully expect that when campus comes back — whether it be at TCU or other campuses — then obviously that threat [of an outbreak] is going to be much greater. We need to be prepared that if an outbreak is triggered, whether that’s with students or student-athletes or with the staff, that we’re prepared [to handle it]. That’s what this planning session is really all about: getting ready for kids to come back this summer and then ultimately into the fall.”
For now, that’s about as good as it gets as it pertains to the future of college football.
On Tuesday, Iowa State Cyclones athletic director Jamie Bollard also expressed confidence that football is still on this year. He told fans he expects the stadium at 50 percent capacity.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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Dallas Morning News: Colt McCoy reflects on his Longhorns careers, from winning the starting QB job to the 2009 national championship game
Dallas Morning News: Big 12 conference ADs hope to identify guidelines on coronavirus testing procedures, fan capacity at games
Sports Illustrated: Why five-star 2021 C Daimion Collins should commit to Texas
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Another coach’s view of the Longhorns
247Sports: Horns 247 Roundtable: Areas of focus in preseason camp
247Sports: Return to campus has helped Texas improve study of opponents
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
Andrew Jones named Big 12 Male Sportsperson of the Year
Texas makes cut for 4-star WR Malcolm Johnson Jr.
3-star LB Terrence Cooks reveals top schools
4-star Texas CB target Deuce Harmon set to announce decision
Brand agency: Sam Ehlinger could make close to $1 million from NIL
Tom Herman happy with Texas QB depth
WHAT WE’RE READING
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The Ringer: Five ways pandemic-era sports on TV could be better than ever
ESPN: Premier League to return on June 17
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman is worried about depth issues at linebacker, per a recent report from the Dallas Morning News. From the Morning News: “We feel good about the move of DeMarvion Overshown, but obviously he’s inexperienced there,” Herman said. “We feel like Juwan Mitchell has, in spurts, showed us that he can play at a championship level,” Herman told reporter Chuck Carlton. “I’m excited to see about David Gbenda,” he added. “[Ayodele Adeoye and Marcus Tillman Jr.] are both coming off injuries. They’ve been very diligent in their rehab, but [Tillman] was a guy that was certainly turning heads before he got hurt [re: knee injury] as well as Dele [re: foot injury] – Dele had started a few games for us as well ... But they’re all young and inexperienced.”
Tom Herman record at Texas (25-15)— TM (@CFBLive247) May 27, 2020
Bowl record (3-0)
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- Surely this is good news if Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte’s retweeting it.
1️⃣0️⃣0️⃣ days until our season-opener #HookEm | #MyTexas pic.twitter.com/saOPyAXJX4— Texas Longhorns (@TexasLonghorns) May 28, 2020
- Then there’s also this.
Nothing has been determined..it’s May 26th and we have 3 1/2 months before kickoff.. as of today we’re planning a full house and will adjust if needed as we get closer to game time..let’s keep a positive attitude and an optimistic view of what lies ahead.. together we got this https://t.co/HGxOLPqCLb— Chris Del Conte (@_delconte) May 27, 2020