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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby: It’s still ‘too early’ to make call on fall sports seasons

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Plus: Sam Ehlinger included on preseason O’Brien award watch list

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Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says it’s still “too early” for conference officials to make a decision on what’s in store for fall sports programs, the Dallas Morning News reports.

From the Morning News: ‘I believe it’s too early to be making those decisions,’ Bowlsby said following a Tuesday meeting of conference athletic directors. ‘Frankly, we haven’t been advised to do that by our scientists and medical advisors. We’ve been advised to move forward slowly and constantly re-evaluate and that’s what we’ll keep doing until we’ve told it’s inadvisable.’ Bowlsby’s comments put the Big 12 on the same page with public comments by the SEC and ACC.”

WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS

Austin American-Statesman: Our 12th annual preseason Top 25: No. 12 Auburn will rely on an experienced offense

Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Five players from Texas’ 2019 class are prepared for breakout seasons

Sports Illustrated: Sports Illustrated unveils 1,000-plus candidates for 2020 SI All-American high school football team

247Sports: Workout Notes: Longhorns put in first on-field work with coaches

247Sports: For now, Longhorns passing on Greg Kelley as a walk-on

247Sports: ‘If we can safely play,’ Texas AD Chris Del Conte says, ‘we will’

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WHAT WE’RE READING

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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND

  • Texas senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger is a guy to watch this year. And last year. And the year before that. This isn’t news to Texas Longhorns fans. Those behind the annual Davey O’Brien Award, which honors college football’s top signal-caller each season, apparently agree, according to the Austin American-Statesman. From the Statesman: “[Ehlinger] was placed on the preseason watch list for the Davey O’Brien Award on Tuesday. ... Previous recipients of this award include Vince Young (2005) and Colt McCoy (2009). The watch list that was published on Tuesday featured 30 names. Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond were among the notable names that were announced. Texas Tech’s Alan Bowman, Baylor’s Charlie Brewer, Iowa State’s Brock Purdy and Oklahoma State’s Spencer Sanders joined Ehlinger as the Big 12’s representatives on the watch list. SMU senior Shane Buechele, who played at Texas from 2016-18, also made the cut.”
  • Looks like Texas ex Mo Bamba packed on a few pounds in muscle during lockdown, the Orlando Sentinel reports. From the Sentinel: “Orlando Magic second-year center Mo Bamba was on a mission during the NBA coronavirus shutdown. He came into the league as a slender 7-footer with athleticism that enabled him to block shots and pop out on the perimeter for occasional 3-point attempts. Bamba, however, wanted to add more to his game, so he focused on adding weight to his 230-pound frame. He figured adding bulk and muscle to his already athletic body would give him even more of an advantage in the paint going up against bigger NBA players. Mission accomplished. Magic teammate Khem Birch certainly agrees. ‘He outweighs me by like 20 pounds right now and last year, I think, I outweighed him,’ said the 6-foot-9, 233-pound Birch. ‘He’s definitely stronger out there and he’s noticeably bigger. But also, the one thing about him is that he is able to maintain his strength but to also have the same athleticism.’”