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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Will there be a 2020 State Fair of Texas?

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Plus: Charlie Strong seemingly steps in it at USF

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On Wednesday, the State Fair of Texas officials announced they will make a decision by mid- to late July on whether or not the show (well, the fair, in this case) must go on this year.

“Every day more businesses begin to open, and more information is coming from experts on how businesses can operate and keep customers safe. Over the coming weeks, we will see what that means for large events. Discussions surrounding the 2020 State Fair of Texas and what that may or may not look like continue on a daily basis,” a news release said.

Some of the options being tossed around if the fair does occur this year include pre-purchased, limited daily attendance and health screenings, among other precautions.

In other words, it might be a quiet Red River Rivalry this season.

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: Texas keeps voluntary workouts going even as 13 Longhorns test positive for COVID-19

Dallas Morning News: Texas AD Chris Del Conte calls meeting with football team, interim President ‘great start’ of continued conversations

247Sports: Texas Morning Brew: Did you know this about Lincoln Riley?

ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION

Texas has 13 players who are positive or presumed positive for COVID-19

The Eyes of Texas are upon us

The Eyes of the world are upon us

WHAT WE’RE READING

ESPN: Inside Maya Moore’s stunning departure from basketball

NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND

  • For once, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio is more than a scarecrow in a suit. On Thursday, Rubio introduced a bill that “would require the NCAA to make rule changes regarding college athletes’ ability to make money” from their name, image and likeness, USA Today reports. More from USA Today: “The NCAA has said it plans to loosen its rules pertaining to athletes’ name, image and likeness, with the changes to be voted on at its annual convention in January 2021 and become effective at the start of the 2021-22 academic year. According to a copy of the bill provided to USA TODAY Sports, Rubio’s measure would force the NCAA to establish a new setup no later than June 30, 2021.”
  • Former Texas (and now South Florida) head coach Charlie Strong seems to be in some sort of trouble, per 247Sports. From 247Sports: “USF Vice President of Athletics Michael Kelly has confirmed to Joey Knight of the Tampa Bay Times that the NCAA is conducting an inquiry into the USF football program connected to events that happened during the Charlie Strong era. The university provided limited comment on the basis of the inquiry on the basis that it is an ongoing investigation. ... Football Scoop reported on Thursday afternoon, via anonymous sources, that USF was conducting interviews with Strong’s assistant coaches to see if his staff violated NCAA bylaws by ‘any analysts or quality control personnel to conduct impermissible hands-on coaching.’ Football Scoop’s report claimed that USF insinuated the investigation and was aided by NCAA representatives. However, Knight later reported that the inquiry into the Strong era was not initiated by the university.”