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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Despite State Fair cancelation, Oklahoma, Texas ADs say Cotton Bowl will happen in 2020

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Plus: Big 12 visiting bands will stay home this season

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 12 Texas v Oklahoma Photo by William Purnell/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

In case there was any confusion, the Red River Shootout is still on for 2020.

Texas Longhorns vice president and athletics director Chris Del Conte release a statement on Tuesday. “Though we certainly respect and understand the decision of the folks in Dallas on their cancellation of this year’s State Fair of Texas, we fully anticipate that our annual Red River Showdown with Oklahoma will be played in the Cotton Bowl and are continuing to prepare for that,” Del Conte wrote. “We know the decision to cancel the fair was an extremely difficult one for everyone involved and that we all are dealing with a very fluid situation during these unprecedented times. But, as we’re doing with all of our fall season planning, we will continue to monitor the situation closely, work through contingencies and make the best possible decisions we can with the health, safety and well-being of everyone involved as our number one priority.”

Oklahoma Sooners vice president and athletics director Joe Castiglione followed up with his own statement, writing, “We understand and respect the decision made by the State Fair of Texas and acknowledge that is an extremely difficult one. Our hope remains that we can play the OU-Texas game at the Cotton Bowl, but obviously every aspect of our season requires constant monitoring and planning. The best thing all of us can do at this time is closely follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus.”

Stay tuned, in other words.


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  • With the exception of the Red River Shootout, it looks as though football season will be without visiting bands this year, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal first to reported the story. From the Statesman: “The decision comes as Texas-based athletic directors grapple with how to space out season ticket holders to meet Gov. Greg Abbott’s current mandate of 50% stadium capacity. Tech senior associate athletics director Robert Giovannetti said the school has stopped selling single-game tickets. The Red Raiders have sold almost 23,000 season tickets; Jones AT&T Stadium holds 60,454. ‘We have informed our band and spirit squads that there will be no travel to road games this year,” Giovannetti told the Avalanche-Journal. “I don’t know if the word would be ‘mandate’. I just think all the schools agreed, for safety and social distancing and everything, it would make the most sense.’ A Texas spokesman declined comment. The Big 12 is expected to announce a series of changes fans can expect sometime later this summer.”