In a sign of what the 2020 college football season may have in store for Texas Longhorns fans, Oklahoma State Cowboys linebacker Amen Ogbongbemiga announced on social media he has tested positive for COVID-19 after attending a protest in Tulsa this week.
After attending a protest in Tulsa AND being well protective of myself, I have tested positive for COVID-19. Please, if you are going to protest, take care of yourself and stay safe.— Amen Ogbongbemiga (@closedprayer) June 3, 2020
We’ll just sum it up like this – expect delays this season due to COVID-19 outbreaks.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Longhorns football and track and field athlete John Burt and diver Alison Gibson have been awarded the 2019-2020 Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarships, the Austin American-Statesman reports after the Big 12 announced the honors on Monday. From the Statesman: “Criteria for these awards include a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, participation in at least two years of intercollegiate athletics at the scholar-athlete’s respective institution and completion of athletics’ eligibility. The scholar-athletes also must graduate from their respective member institutions within 15 months of their selection as postgraduate scholarship recipients and are expected to enroll in graduate/professional schools within two years of graduation. Three faculty representatives, one senior woman administrator and one director of athletics form the selection panel for the awards. Burt is one year into his Master’s program for Sport Management at The University of Texas. He completed his bachelor’s degree in Communication & Leadership in May 2019. Gibson plans to pursue a master’s degree in Advertising at The University of Texas starting in Fall 2020. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Advertising in May.”
- Texas’ non-conference schedule heading is ranked among the top 15 in strength, according to a recent analysis by USA Today. From USA Today: “Texas landed at the No. 11 spot just behind Michigan State. West Virginia was the only Big 12 program ranked ahead of the Longhorns. However, Texas is listed higher than well-respected programs such as Georgia, Ohio State and Alabama. The three nonconference games in question for Texas this season is South Florida, LSU and Texas-El Paso. Playing the defending national champions on their home turf is enough of a reason to put them high on this particular list, but South Florida isn’t a bad opponent either. Texas has the talent to sweep this trio of games, but they must find a way to be consistent. If head coach Tom Herman’s new coaching staff works out, the Longhorns could be legitimate contenders over the next few seasons.”
Texas' nonconference schedule ranks among the top 15 https://t.co/QQYMvMx7kY— Longhorns Wire (@LonghornsWire) June 2, 2020
- In no-surprise news, the head coaching position at Texas is ranked among the nation’s top coaching jobs, according to a recent survey at Bleacher Report. It’s a top-three type of job.
Less than two weeks until the early NCAA signing period. Texas coach Tom Herman greeted @JaayUpNext_ after the senior went 8-for-8 for 183 yards, two TDs and rushed 12 times for 129 yards and three scores vs. Southlake Carroll.@SportsDayHS #txhsfb pic.twitter.com/jvVz5sA8xL— Callie Caplan (@CallieCaplan) December 8, 2019