Some states are already reopening after the novel coronavirus forced them to nearly shut down earlier this year. Others, however, still remain under stay-at-home orders. As noted in the Associated Press, it’s unclear what that means for the start of football season this year.
From the AP: “College sports leaders have repeatedly said there can be no college sports without campuses being open to students. And those decisions will be made with guidance from state and local public health and government officials. Tennessee came out Wednesday with perhaps the most definitive statement yet from a school about re-opening in the fall. The NCAA football oversight committee has agreed on a six-week plan for teams to prepare to start the season. Teams would ideally be on campus by mid-July for the season to start on time. Beyond that, the NCAA has little influence on the logistics ... . The conferences are mostly in charge, with commissioners leading the way.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: 12 things about Big 12 basketball: The best Big East Challenge games and conference’s top recruits of all time
Austin American-Statesman: New Horns assistant coach Johnnie Harris has high hopes: The future at Texas ‘is just huge’
Dallas Morning News: Five reasons for pessimism heading into Texas’ 2020 season: Can Texas replace Collin Johnson and Devin Duvernay?
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: The players stepping up during pandemic
247Sports: Are top recruits on Texas roster meeting expectations?
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
Banner Society: The updated people’s guide to Braden Mann
Banner Society: Why gaps are the most important building blocks of every play
SBNation: NFL sends memo to teams to have facility reopening measures in place by May 15
The Ringer: Breaking down every NFC division after the draft and free agency
The Ringer: Where should Jadeveon Clowney land?
ESPN: What was awesome about MLB in the ‘90s: Debating stealth stars, sweet deals and more
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND COLLEGE SPORTS
- The Big 12 canceled media days at the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
Big 12 football media days are the latest cancellation of the coronavirus. Conf. coaches and ADs decide to go virtual at a meeting today. Was scheduled for July 20-21 at AT&T Stadium.— Chuck Carlton (@ChuckCarltonDMN) May 6, 2020
- Texas has a chance at landing 2021 prospect Nathaniel Wiggins, a four-star athlete out of Westlake High School in Atlanta, Georgia, and the No. 11 athlete and No. 19 players statewide. According to 247Sports composite rankings, he’s also the No. 195 player nationally. From Sports Illustrated’s report: “As we have previously stated, the Longhorns are casting a wide net and using the connections that a new group of assistant coaches have brought to the table. Texas doesn’t get a lot of recruiting wins in the Atlanta area, but they appear to be in contention in this race. Also keep an eye on another outsider in Oregon, which seems to have made a positive impression on Wiggins so far in recruiting.”
- Here’s what newly signed Jacksonville Jaguars receiver and former Longhorn Collin Johnson has to say about quarterback Sam Ehlinger as he enters his senior season at Texas, per 247Sports: “The ultimate competitor right there,” Johnson told Sirius XM Big 12 radio. “Sam is the type of guy, when he talks, you listen. He’s younger than me but in the huddle, he’s younger than a lot of guys he was out there leading. There’s no age with him. He’s been a leader since his freshman year. He’s a great guy to go to war with because you know he’s going to give you everything he’s got on the field.” Indeed. Very, very much indeed.
Sam Ehlinger has accounted for 80 touchdowns over his last 27 games. That is the second most in college football during that stretch, behind only Joe Burrow (88).— Texas Takeover (@TexasTakeover05) April 30, 2020
All indications point to a monstrous senior season. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/XTIaBOm5vN
What's it like having @sehlinger3 as your Quarterback?— College Sports on SiriusXM (@SXMCollege) May 6, 2020
The newest member of the @Jaguars and former @TexasLonghorns WR, @Call_In_Johnson, talked about the impact Sam had on him and his teammates to @arisports & @archerqb16. #HookEm pic.twitter.com/QZikaLTkFt