The Big 12 conference board of directors approved a 10 percent cut to the conference’s operating budget on Thursday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
“It’s just a recognition that we need to be prepared and [budget cuts] seemed like a logical first step,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the Morning News. “I think our institutions will be tightening their belts, and we should be doing likewise.”
From the Morning News: “On Friday, the conference will announce its annual revenue distribution, which lately has been a high point for the conference. ... Bowlsby said the Big 12 was not forced to go into its cash reserves for this fiscal year to meet projections, expected to be near $40 million per school. [The] agenda for virtual spring meetings included a joint meeting of the athletic directors and the board of directors, comprised of university presidents and chancellors. ... Bowlsby said the group revisited the May 22 action to open campuses June 15 for voluntary football workouts, July 1 for other fall athletes and July 15 for men’s and women’s basketball.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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Dallas Morning News: In a sign of the times, Big 12 takes ‘a logical first step’ by reducing operating budget by 10 percent for 2020-2021
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247Sports: Texas Morning Brew: Big 12 ADs working on guidelines for season
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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Texas women’s basketball will face off against the Texas A&M Aggies on the court in 2020-2021, as a part of the annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge, the Austin American-Statesman reports.
ICYMI: The Big 12 Conference released the games for the 2020 SEC/Big 12 women's basketball challenge on Thursday highlighted by Texas A&M at Texas.https://t.co/O4QqrsvZPk— Cory Hogue (@CoryHogueSports) May 29, 2020
- The Longhorns have their future punter in Isaac Pearson, who committed as part of the 2021 recruiting class, 247Sports reports. From 247Sports: “ProKick has been kind to the program over the last few years. The Australian-based program provided Texas with talented legs in Michael Dickson and Ryan Bujcevski, and now Isaac Pearson will be the next in that line. Pearson announced his decision via twitter this morning. He’s set to enroll in January of 2021 as Bujcevski enters his senior spring. Special teams coordinator Jay Boulware is experienced in dealing with organizations like Prokick, and he’s been responsible for finding gifted specialists over the life of his career. Pearson hails from Newcastle, Australia.”
I am incredibly excited and honoured to announce that I have accepted a full scholarship to study and play football at The University of Texas. #HookEm #trUTh21 @CoachTomHerman @CoachJ_Boulware @Coach_Horny @BCarringtonUT @ProkickAus @JohnnyPKA @ConquestCQ pic.twitter.com/9DTxvLLoul— Isaac Pearson (@Isaac_Pearson23) May 29, 2020
- That’s it. That’s the blog. We’re all out of news this week.