The Austin American-Statesman reports that Texas Longhorns students will be required to pass a free COVID-19 testing before they can buy a ticket to Saturday’s game against UTEP.
From the Statesman: “School officials have set aside about 3,000 student seats — roughly 25% of its normal allotment. To get one of those tickets, a UT student must first log on to a special site called the ‘Big Ticket COVID-19 Test Consent’ and answer questions. The form asks for each student’s name, UT ID number, sex, race and ethnicity along with general release questions allowing a company to collect a sample through a nasopharyngeal swab. ‘Positives will be notified by phone. Negatives will not be notified,’ the form states. Testing will take place between 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, the school announced. Each test cost $90, a cost the school will absorb, a UT spokesman said. All students, regardless if they are Big Ticket holders or not, can obtain a COVID-19 test from the University Health Services.”
And if you pass, you get a game ticket. Voila.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: My Texas predictions? Cosmi, Ossai pace the Longhorns to … another Alamo Bowl
Austin American-Statesman: Texas soccer preview: If there’s a way to get closer in a pandemic, the Horns may have found it
Austin American-Statesman: Eyes on Texas: After speaking up about social issues, Longhorns’ voices will only get stronger
Austin American-Statesman: Longhorn Confidential: Friday, Sept. 11
Austin American-Statesman: With Texas gameday scaled back due to coronavirus, Austin economy will take a hit
El Paso Times: UTEP RBs coach Barrick Nealy: Tom Herman motivated me at ‘a rough point in my life’
Dallas Morning News: Texas prediction: Will the Longhorns get off to a slow start vs. UTEP?
247Sports: The Insider: Football updates galore
247Sports: Big 12 Breakdown: How does the 2020 Texas class stack up?
247Sports: Horns247 game predictions: Texas vs. UTEP
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
The Prospector Daily Q&A: UTEP’s offense found its rhythm late in Game 1
cloUT2020: True freshman to watch for this season
Chris Ash: Texas Jack Reese Leitao a surprise defensive player
Texas offers 2022 LB Sebastian Cheeks
WHAT WE’RE READING
Banner Society: The ballad of BOLO the Tiger
SBNation: Shame on the Chiefs fans who booed players during a show of unity
SBNation: Clyde Edwards-Helaire kicked ass in his NFL debut and I’m so happy for him
NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- Texas football officially has its seven new team captains.
Presenting The 2020 Texas Captains #ThisIsTexas #HookEm pic.twitter.com/uE8mRMXV2M— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) September 11, 2020
- Tragic news for Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott. From 247Sports: “Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott suffered a tough loss this spring with the second major death in his immediate family. Prescott’s older brother, Jace Prescott, died in April due to reasons undisclosed for a long time. However, that cause of death has now been revealed. In an exclusive interview with Graham Bensinger, Dak revealed that Jace committed suicide. Jace died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, as described in the interview.”
Death by suicide touches many, many families.— Tony Reali (@TonyReali) September 10, 2020
I am heartbroken for the Prescott family for the loss of Jace and in awe of Dak for vocalizing the full range of emotions he has felt since losing his brother in this interview with Graham Bensinger.
- ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit is actually making a lot of sense. “I know every year Texas has got a shot, and I’m with David, normally you just err on the side of OU with [head coach Lincoln Riley] just because we’ve been trained to think that way,” Herbstreit said, per 247Sports. “But, you know, it wouldn’t surprise me to see Texas be better this year. Got Chris Ash coming in as defensive coordinator. I think there’ll be more sound on that side of the ball. There’s no shortage of athletic athletes on that side as well. [Sam Ehlinger] is back for another go round, and, I don’t know, I’m picking Texas this year out of the Big 12.”
Kirk Herbstreit picks Texas as one of his four playoff teams pic.twitter.com/qQlbDwADAG— Patrick (@PatSportsGuy) September 5, 2020