The Detroit Free Press reports that the Big Ten has canceled the fall football season.
From the Free Press: “The presidents voted, 12-2, Sunday to end the fall sports in the conference. Michigan and Michigan State — which both has physicians as presidents — voted to end the season, sources said. Only Nebraska and Iowa voted to play, Dan Patrick said on his radio show Monday. The move comes two days after the Mid-American Conference became the first in the FBS to cancel its season, and sources told the Free Press the Big Ten is trying to coordinate its announcement with other Power Five conferences.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Whoa! Tom Herman excited about the size, look of freshmen for Texas’ new defensive line
Austin American-Statesman: As Longhorns plead for their season, Texas star Caden Sterns joins a call to unionize
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Updating Texas’ offensive wish list for the 2021 recruiting cycle
Dallas Morning News: A ‘therapeutic’ return to practice is a welcome feeling for Tom Herman, Texas ahead of a season full of uncertainty
247Sports: The Stampede: What is the ideal finish for the 2021 Texas class?
247Sports: Morning Brew: Power Five presidents fighting perception battle
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
Banner Society: Aggies on top of Longhorns is no laughing matter
SBNation: Why the college football season is on the brink of cancelation
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Some words from Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby, per the Austin American-Statesman. From the Statesman: “Asked if it’s looking less and less likely there will be football this fall, Bowlsby said, ‘I don’t have anything other than our (medical) experts’ opinions to draw upon. Have we made progress? Probably not. Have they told us to shut it all down? No, they have not.’”
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby tells me today's P5 conf comm meeting was a regularly scheduled meeting. "We talk almost every day," he said. "We haven't made any decisions yet."— Kirk Bohls (@kbohls) August 9, 2020
- Even as the college football season is in jeopardy, Sports Illustrated reports that the Texas Longhorns’ safety COVID-19 safety measures are at least working so far. From SI: “Since the university started bringing back student athletes, it has administered 457 total tests looking for signs of the novel coronavirus. Among those 17 returned positive for COVID-19 PCR test results. Along with that group 10 additional student athletes were tested as a result of COVID-19 symptoms and tested positive.” But then there’s also this fact to grapple with:
An overshadowed issue is now topic de jour on commissioner calls.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 9, 2020
COVID-related heart damage.@SINow spoke to team Drs, ADs & the leading expert on a trend striking fear in NCAA leaders.
“Commissioners are finally figuring it out & going, ‘Oh my gosh!'"https://t.co/vKH2hBBp4e
- Texas football non-conference opponent UTEP has postponed the program’s preseason practices due to COVID-19, 247Sports reports. From a statement released by the program: “Out of safety considerations for all parties, the entire football team (student-athletes, coaches and staff) was tested for COVID-19 on Thursday, August 6. Only partial results were available on Saturday, causing Sunday’s practice to be [canceled]. The remaining results were obtained on Sunday. Four members of the football program, all student-athletes, have tested positive for COVID-19. All were asymptomatic. These student-athletes, plus their roommates, have been placed into a 14-day quarantine retroactive to Saturday, Aug. 8. The rest of the team, including student-athletes, coaches and staff, entered a five-day quarantine retroactive to Saturday, August 8 at the recommendation of team medical personnel. They will be retested on Wednesday, Aug. 12.”
UTEP postpones football practice after positive COVID tests— Bretbloomquist (@Bretbloomquist) August 9, 2020