A top Austin health official thinks having fans at Darrell K Royal stadium is a bad idea.
Travis County interim health authority Dr. Mark Escott told KUT that Texas Longhorn officials’ plan to cap the stadium at 25 percent capacity won’t be successfully implemented.
“I think 25,000 is too many; I think we should start small,” Escott said at a news conference, per KUT. “In discussions with the high schools and our superintendents about football games the suggestion has been similarly, ‘Let’s see if we can have two healthy teams play one another,’ and then let’s talk about introducing parents of the athletes into the stands.”
The challenge with UT Football at 25% capacity...if the prevalence of disease on game day is similar to today, with 25,000 fans we can expect more than 100 of those fans to be COVID-19 positive...and then it multiplies. Let's stick to watching football on TV this Fall!— Dr. Mark E. Escott (@MeaEscott) July 30, 2020
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: On Second Thought Ep. 188: Will Sam Ehlinger play in the spring if the fall season is canceled?
247Sports: The Insider: Updates galore heading into Texas’ second scrimmage
247Sports: Mike at Night: Thoughts from the road
247Sports: The Flagship: Breaking down Texas’ first scrimmage of fall camp
247Sports: Making the case for Joseph Ossai, Caden Sterns as top 50 players
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
WHAT WE’RE READING
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SBNation: Why Thom Brennaman’s apology was weak and not enough
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Urban Meyer went in on the Big 12’s recent defensive history. From 247Sports: “According to Joel Klatt, linebacker Kenneth Murray was the first defensive player to be selected in the first round out of Oklahoma since Gerald McCoy in 2010. On top of that, the Big 12 has had trouble sending defensive players to the draft in general. In the last 10 NFL Drafts, only 33 defensive players in the conference have been drafted in the first three rounds. That’s less than half from any other Power Five conference. ‘You’re telling me between 2008 and 2020, that’s 12 years, you’ve had two first-rounders on defense?’ Meyer asked in disbelief. ‘Most schools are disappointed if you don’t have two first-rounders per year. To me, I knew it was bad. I didn’t know it was that bad. That’s terrible. That needs to change. I think Chris Ash going to Texas, he’s not a good defensive coach. He’s an elite defensive coach with an elite reputation and can develop players. Alex Grinch, I would anticipate the same. You’re going to see some movement, hopefully, in the Big 12. I’m going to tell you right now, there won’t be a national champion out of the Big 12 as long as that continues.’” He’s not wrong.
- That’s it. That’s the news today. Also, GO ROCKETS.