As Big 12 officials reached out to medical officials for advice on how to proceed with the 2020 fall college football season, they also reached out to players, including the Texas Longhorns’ senior quarterback, Sam Ehlinger. 247Sports first reported the news.
“The last call we had about 25 football players on it. We started out trying to get two from each school but we ended up with a few more than that,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in an interview with 247Sports this week. “Sam [Ehlinger] is a good example. He’s very bright, very thoughtful and a great leader,” Bowlsby continued. “He knew he was there representing the rest of his team. He had good questions, fair questions about eligibility and about interrupted seasons and about testing and safety – very thoughtful questions.”
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
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Dallas Morning News: Best- and worst-case scenarios for Texas in 2020: Will Sam Ehlinger’s final season end with a Big 12 title?
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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Mid-year 2021 recruits may be eligible to play spring football next year, Sports Illustrated reports. But then again, they might not. From SI: “There is strong opposition—especially from those schools still planning to play a fall season—against such an unprecedented ruling. It creates an imbalance among the 10 FBS conferences: the six still working toward a fall season and the four planning to play a season starting in January–March. Is it fair that one group of mid-year freshmen get an extra season? Such a thing could be dangled in recruiting as an inducement to sway prospects. It could be a significant disadvantage for those playing in fall.”
- Texas soccer just updated its season after pushing it back due to COVID-19 concerns, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “Texas will now battle its nine conference foes over a nine-week span. In previous years, Texas may have played two conference matches in one week. Each of the Big 12 teams will just play once per week this fall, though. First up for Texas? A home match against Kansas on Sept. 11. Both Texas and Kansas qualified for the NCAA’s tournament in 2019.”