247Sports spoke with several Big 12 officials on the condition of anonymity out of concern for professional repercussions about why the conference is unlikely to follow suit after the Big Ten and ACC conferences opted to cancel non-conference football games this fall.
From 247Sports: “Multiple officials in the Big 12 told Horns247 the presidents and chancellors in the Big 12 don’t feel the need to follow the Big Ten’s lead at this point.”
“It’s premature,” one Big 12 source told 247Sports. “We have 60 days to see where things are.”
Another Big 12 source told 247Sports, “We need to have patience and a cautious approach. Continue to be nimble, and hopefully gain more education related to the virus.”
“Perception can sway this without a doubt,” said yet another Big 12 source in an interview with 247Sports. “But all our schools have worked hard to come up with plans to ensure the safety of our student-athletes and staff and feel like there’s more time before a decision like that needs to be made.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Charlotte Observer: Mack Brown: ‘We probably took some guys off video’ at the end of his tenure at Texas
Austin American-Statesman: Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: No. 17 Michigan has worry spots on offense, but what else is new?
Dallas Morning News: The Big Ten will move to a conference-only football schedule in 2020. Will the Big 12 and SEC follow suit?
Sports Illustrated: Why the Big 12 should offer temporary membership to Notre Dame, BYU
247Sports: Texas Morning Brew: Longhorns’ best leaders right now
247Sports: State of Recruiting: What happens if there is no fall season?
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
Banner Society: The minimalist schedule: SEC edition
SBNation: Does the NFL’s schedule format help foster rivalries?
SBNation: Why the NBA should cancel the potentially disastrous 2019-20 playoffs
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Anna Turati will return for a fifth year with the Longhorn women’s tennis team, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “Turati was classified as a senior during the 2019-20 school year. However, spring sports across the nation were cancelled in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The NCAA later ruled that the athletes participating in spring sports could receive an extra year of eligibility. But Turati’s twin, Bianca, decided in May that she would not return to UT. Christian Sigsgaard and Yuya Ito, who were seniors on the men’s tennis team at Texas, also opted for professional careers. Turati, though, will take the NCAA up on its offer. According to Texas, she is on pace to earn a degree in exercise science by next year.”
- In case you haven’t heard (we’re sure you have), the Ivy League canceled all fall sports. From Sports Illustrated’s report: “This is a dark omen for those hoping for a college football season in the fall of 2020, especially when added to the news that both the University of North Carolina and Ohio State University have suspended athletic activities in an attempt to control the spread of COVID-19 through the ranks of their athletes. UNC has 37 athletes test positive for the virus, while Ohio State did not disclose its numbers.”