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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: TCU AD expects a 25 to 50 percent capacity cap at games in fall

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Plus: Tidbits of college football news from Texas AD Chris Del Conte

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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

Austin American-Statesman: Life in quarantine for an NFL player – through the eyes of former Texas star Quandre Diggs

Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Scouting the Next 25, continuing with Nos. 15-11

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

SBNation: The NBA’s possible July return at Disney World, explained

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.”
  • Surely this is good news if Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte’s retweeting it.
  • Then there’s also this.