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Plus: the Big 12’s opponent scheduling pickle
The bad news keeps on coming for Texas Longhorns fans.
Earlier this week, Texas officials were in talks about whether to decrease Royal-Memorial Stadium capacity from 50 percent to 25 percent for the upcoming fall football season.
Now, Austin Public Health director Dr. Mark Escott says even that’s a bad idea.
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
Expect an announcement from the guys up top relatively soon.
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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- The Big 12 is in a pickle, 247Sports reports. From 247Sports: “The indecision in this situation hurts the perception of the conference as much or more than any verdict that’s failed to have been rendered since things settled down following conference realignment a decade ago. The ACC and Big Ten (the first Power Five league to announce a conference-only schedule format in early July) were proactive adapting to a college football landscape changing rapidly due to the COVID-19 pandemic and while the Pac-12 and SEC reacted to those decisions, those leagues looked out for themselves at the end of the day. What the Big 12 is left with now is nothing but trying to figure out which bad idea is the best one to go with moving forward. Not that the other leagues are in ideal situations, but the Big 12 is in a position where no amount of lipstick slapped on the snout of this pig will change the growing negative perception of how things unfolded.”
Me reading BYU to Big 12 rumors pic.twitter.com/JqYCF4Apha
— Shaylie Fawcett (@ShaylieFawcett) July 30, 2020
- In a rare moment of good news, the university is making progress on its south end zone renovation.