The Pac-12 conference has officially moved to cancel 2020 non-conference football games.
That’s big news for Big 12 teams like the Texas Tech Red Raiders and the Oklahoma State Cowboys, both of which had Pac-12 teams scheduled among their non-conference opponents. It might also come as a surprise to the Texas Longhorns’ rival the Texas A&M Aggies, which also had a Pac-12 opponent scheduled for their non-conference season.
The Big 12 has yet to make a decision.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Following an overturned wrongful conviction, Greg Kelley participates in a walk-on tryout at Texas
Austin American-Statesman: Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: No. 16 Oklahoma State has it all – Hubbard, Wallace, and Gundy, too
Austin American-Statesman: Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: Slovis’ arm has No. 15 USC looking ahead to bigger things
Austin American-Statesman: Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: No. 14 Texas A&M, Mond still trying to figure out how to put it all together
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Comparing Texas’ 2021 offensive commitments with Texas A&M, Oklahoma
Dallas Morning News: Mack Brown’s second at at North Carolina is already a rare feat for ex-Texas coaches and he’s just getting started
Dallas Morning News: Big 12 reportedly eyeing late July timetable to make decision on football, other fall sports
247Sports: The Stampede: Texas making progress with top defensive target?
247Sports: What a conference-only slate should look like for the Power Five
247Sports: Could conference-only schedules lead to uniform scheduling fix?
247Sports: The Flagship: Sam Mayes talks Mike Yurcich, Mike Gundy
247Sports: How will the redshirt rule work during a shortened season?
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
Banner Society: College football’s leaders are answering the wrong questions
Banner Society: SEC considering multiple scheduling formats for 2020
SBNation: The NBA bubble has become a haven for shotgunning beers and bass fishing
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Here’s what Texas athletics director Chris Del Conte had to say about athletes’ return to campus: “We’ve been really pleased with how things have gone thus far with the return of our Football coaching and essential support staff, as well as the on-boarding and management of voluntary workouts for our Football team. We couldn’t be more grateful for the extensive efforts that Shawn Eichorst and our Return to Forty task forces put in to establish COVID-19 policies and procedures that have proven to be very effective. Our team continues to be hard at work preparing for the upcoming Football season, while our Sports Medicine and Strength & Conditioning staffs closely monitor them during our ongoing voluntary workout activities. Next up is Men’s and Women’s Basketball and Volleyball, as our student-athletes in those sports will begin voluntary athletic activities on campus on July 13. An on-boarding program similar to what we implemented for Football is taking place this week,” Del Conte said. He continued, “The Facilities & Game Day Logistics Committee has been developing policies and procedures for all of our athletics events this fall, pursuant to CDC, state, local and Big 12 Conference health and safety guidelines. We all know we are in an ever-changing, extremely fluid time, and if you saw the volumes of proposals the committee has shared with me, you’d think you were reading War & Peace. It’s impressive work, and I’m extremely thankful for everyone on our staff pulling together in that group to continue finding new and innovative ways for the many scenarios we could face at our sports venues this season. They’re ready to meet whatever challenges we face while having the health, safety and well-being of everyone involved as our number one priority.”
Let’s all wear those facial coverings, follow the social distancing guidelines and take care of ourselves and each other. We will beat this thing and have brighter days ahead.— Chris Del Conte (@_delconte) July 8, 2020
- Texas ex Devin Duvernay has his first Madden 21 rookie rating, Sports Illustrated reports. From SI: “Baltimore Ravens rookie receiver and former Longhorn Devin Duvernay sits as the eighth- highest rated player in his position. The 71-rated rookie card is highlighted by the flaring 92-speed rating, which will mesh well alongside reigning MVP quarterback Lamar Jackson. Another eye-catching stat involves Duvernay’s 82 catch-in-traffic rating. At Texas, Devin was extensively used in the slot position, which has given him a leg up with his catching abilities in the middle of the field.”