The Texas Longhorns’ top returning receiver Brennan Eagles may sit out the 2020 college football season in protest over police brutality and the Minneapolis killing of George Floyd.
At least that’s what Eagles took to Twitter to say last night. Eagles wrote, “For all my brothers out there that who are student athletes, do you really think athletics should be a main focus right now during this time that we live in? ... Thousands of people come to watch for entertainment, revenue is built from that, money is generated from us. If it wasn’t for athletics, we wouldn’t have coaches [or] trainers. Doctors wouldn’t [perform] as many [surgeries] ... I’ll be damned if you think I’ll play another snap with the platform I have ... .”
That was our emphasis, not Eagles’. But the point stands.
Between a pandemic and a series of police brutality protests, 2020 will be interesting, folks.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Orange County Register: NCAA argues in former Texas track coach alleged sex abuse case it has no legal duty to protect athletes
247Sports: Eyes of Texas: Inside scoop on Eagles, Longhorns’ team meeting
247Sports: Chris Del Conte details Texas football’s return to campus plan
247Sports: The Flagship: Optimism continues for college football season
USA Today: Governor Abbot bumps up stadium capacity to 50 percent
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
Banner Society: Is Scott Satterfield the Bobby Petrino antidote?
SBNation: Drew Brees ‘under fire’ after missing opportunity to advocate for those under fire, issues apology
SBNation: I’m black. I’m gay. White America needs to change, not me
The Ringer: Drew Brees, Trump and Obama: Discussing the responses to the protest
ESPN: Brees apologizes: I ‘completely missed the mark’
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Here’s what men’s basketball head coach Shaka Smart has to say about the national unrest:
- And football head coach Tom Herman:
- The big-brained football guys who write about Texas are predicting the Longhorns take another trip to the Alamo Bowl in 2020, per 247Sports. This time they’ll face off against the USC Trojans. From 247Sports: “Both of these Top 15 programs are expecting more out of the 2020 season, each blessed with top-end quarterbacks, but without a conference title for either, it’s hard to assume a berth in the New Year’s Six will happen unless they finish with a single blemish. Texas travels to LSU, takes on Oklahoma in Dallas and must navigate several other challenging matchups during Big 12 play. After the seismic opener vs. Alabama, the Trojans would likely have to run the table in the Pac-12 to reach the final four. Given Clay Helton’s hot seat, USC will be an interesting team to watch for sure.”