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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: NCAA chief medical officer thinks ‘we can have fall sports’

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Plus: Texas football improves in 247Sports’ preseason ranking

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If the Texas Longhorns are to kickoff the football season come fall, widespread testing will be crucial, NCAA chief medical officer Brian Hainline told the Associated Press last week.

“It’s not going to be risk-free, that’s for sure,” Hainline reportedly said. “If this is rolled out in stages and reasonably, we’re really paying attention to proper surveillance and we get the tests available, I think we can have fall sports. My concern is if we just rush into this too quickly because of this almost sense of desperation, that we just have to get going.”

As has been the common response among university and conference leaders, seeing that students are back in the classroom remains a priority before the start of the football season.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Swear to God, former Texas basketball coach Leon Black is ‘one of the finer persons ever’

Austin American-Statesman: Texas giving assistants Herb Hand, Stan Drayton, Yancy McKnight raises for 2020 season

Austin American-Statesman: Former Texas student manager and grad assistant Chris Mudge moving up basketball coaching ranks

Sports Illustrated: Texas’ big recruiting wins come despite lack of in-person contact

247Sports: The Stampede: What Chris Ash is looking for in defensive targets

247Sports: Analysis: What Texas is getting in Jordon Thomas

247Sports: Who’s next? A look at five commit candidates

USA Today: A look at the 2021 recruiting class with Dave Campbell’s rankings

ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION

Longhorns make the cut for 3-star OT Tristan Bounds

4-star DE Jordon Thomas commits to Texas

WHAT WE’RE READING

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The Ringer: Has the NFL given up on Cam Newton?

The Ringer: Retracing the histories of ‘the next Michael Jordans’

ESPN: The NFL world reacts to the death of Shula

NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND COLLEGE FOOTBALL

  • Texas women’s basketball is taking its first recruiting hit of the season, as legacy recruit Paige Bradley out of Dallas Bishop Lynch reevaluates her decision, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “A 5-9 guard, Bradley was recruited by previous UT coach Karen Aston. Forward Aaliyah Moore and guard Rori Harmon, who are the remaining pledges in Longhorns’ 2021 recruiting class, both committed last month following the hiring of Vic Schaefer. Bradley is not currently listed in ESPN HoopGurlz’s ranking of the Class of 2021’s top 100 recruits. According to the Dallas Morning News, Bradley averaged 11.0 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this winter. She helped guide Bishop Lynch to a TAPPS title as a sophomore and was an all-state honoree during her junior year.”
  • Two softball players, senior outfielder Tuesday DerMargosian and freshman pitcher Grace Green, have placed their names in the NCAA’s transfer portal, according to Softball America and the campus newspaper the Daily Texan. From the Austin American-Statesman’s subsequent report: “One of six seniors at Texas, DerMargosian was not expected to return to UT following the NCAA’s decision to give its spring athletes an eligibility waiver. Last weekend, Texas honored DerMargosian, Kaitlyn Slack and Reagan Hathaway with a virtual senior day. Over her four years in Austin, DerMargosian started 58 times, hit .262 and scored 56 times. She was often used off the bench as a baserunning and defensive upgrade in 2019 and 2020. During the final game of UT’s 2020 season, DerMargosian made a nice play in centerfield to preserve pitcher Miranda Elish’s perfect game.”
  • Texas football passed the Florida Gators in the 2020 class rankings, according to 247Sports. That means the Longhorns are now ranked No. 8 after previously being listed at No. 9. As Sports Illustrated properly notes: “The Longhorns’ 2020 class includes 15 four-star recruits, one five-star recruit and four three-star prospects. Nineteen of the 20 players in the class came from the state of Texas including Barron. Texas’ class still ranks first in the Big 12, ahead of rival Oklahoma (No. 11 overall), TCU (No. 28 overall) and West Virginia (No. 37 overall). The Longhorns were the only team from the conference to finish in the top 10.”