Texas head coach David Pierce stands for "The Eyes of Texas" at UFCU Disch-Falk Field on March 17, 2019. [Stephen Spillman for American-Statesman]

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Texas coaches break their silence about the end of their seasons

Posted March 20th, 2020

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At the end of last week, coronavirus-related concerns led the Big 12 to cancel the remaining athletic competitions on its calendar.

That decision ended the seasons for six Texas teams that had already started their spring schedules. UT’s outdoor track and field season was to get underway on March 20. The rowing program’s first event was scheduled for April 4.

Texas has not yet made its coaches and athletes available to the media. Some of the Longhorn coaches, though, have expressed their thoughts on Twitter:

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BASEBALL COACH DAVID PIERCE

Texas finished its 2020 baseball season — its fourth year under Pierce — with a 14-3 record. UT was ranked 29th in the final poll done by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

SOFTBALL COACH MIKE WHITE

Texas’ second season with White was shaping up to be a memorable one. Ranked third in the NFCA poll, the Longhorns (24-3) had beaten No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Washington this year.

WOMEN’S TENNIS COACH HOWARD JOFFE

On the tennis courts, the Texas women ended their spring with a three-game winning streak and an 11-3 record. UT was ranked fourth in the Oracle/ITA poll when its season was called off.

MEN’S TENNIS COACH BRUCE BERQUE

The NCAA title defense for Texas will extend into 2021. UT opened its spring with a 5-2 win over No. 1 Florida. The Longhorns eventually went 13-3 and, like the Texas women, were ranked fourth in the most-recent Oracle/ITA poll.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH KAREN ASTON

Winter sports were also impacted by last week’s cancellations. On March 12,  the Big 12 axed its postseason tournaments and the NCAA called off March Madness. Thus, Texas ended its 2019-20 basketball season with a 19-11 record.

FOOTBALL COACH TOM HERMAN

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