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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Texas QB Sam Ehlinger endorses freezing college athletes’ eligibility

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Plus: Ehlinger gives his two cents on RB Bijan Robinson

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As the NCAA nears its decision on whether or not to freeze eligibility for student-athletes whose seasons were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Longhorns senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger voiced his opinion on the matter earlier this week, per 247Sports.

“This was a topic that we discussed with the Big 12 — the commissioner was on the call with a few ADs and players,” Ehlinger said. “Obviously, it’s an extremely difficult subject and topic to kind of pinpoint the right answer because there’s going to be issues with everyone.”

“But my personal opinion is I do think that eligibility should be frozen, regardless. I think that it’s unfortunate that everybody has had to go through this, and I know it’s not the college’s fault by any stretch of the imagination. But the college experience is such a short-term thing in people’s lives and I think everybody should be able to get the most out of it.”

Ehlinger added, “And then also, say they didn’t do that, and a team started off 1-3. Would you have guys saying, ‘Okay, you know what, this year, it stinks. We didn’t start the season off right, so I’m just going to sit out the rest of the season,’ and say it was for COVID reasoning?”

“So I do think that there are issues that lie there, but I believe that with spring ball being canceled, the uncertainty of the season and no preseason games, I do believe that the eligibility should be frozen and guys should be able to get that back.”

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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND

  • Texas senior quarterback Sam Ehlinger has good things to say about freshman running back Bijan Robinson. “Bijan is obviously an incredible talent,” Ehlinger said, per Sports Illustrated. “(He’s a) freak athlete He gets the ball and sometimes I’m just like, ‘I just want to watch him.’ I just want to watch him run. It’s just really, really fun to watch.”
  • Texas Longhorns vice president and athletic director Chris Del Conte is excited about this weekend’s first football scrimmage. From his newsletter this week: “The welfare of our student-athletes is paramount, and one thing that cannot be overlooked is how beneficial playing their sports is to their mental health. And their commitment, energy and desire is also unbelievably motivating, inspiring and encouraging to all of us who cheer them on.”