Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte speaks with Texas Governor Greg Abbott on the sideline during a Big 12 Conference football game at Royal-Memorial Stadium, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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Texas governor Greg Abbott predicts college football will return on schedule

Posted May 22nd, 2020

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Gov. Greg Abbott told KXAN in an interview Friday that he thinks that college football in Texas will begin on schedule with some fans in the stands.

“My prediction is yes, we’re going to have college football beginning as scheduled on schedule with at least some level of fans in stands,” Abbott said in the midday interview.

“So listen, I’ve talked to the athletic director (Chris Del Conte) at the University of Texas as well as the person in charge of the Big 12, in addition to both pro and college teams, and what we are learning, so you can see the pathway, it is this,“ Abbott said. ”And that is, as you may know from my most recent announcement, pro sports teams can begin the workout process in June. We are anticipating the possibility of Major League Baseball starting in July. That will give us a pathway of being able to see what potential seating could look like.“

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“Once we get to college football season, our goal right now is to have college football season start as planned, with fans in stands,” the governor said. “What we don’t know is what the capacity level would be.”

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“Would it be strategic and limited to ensure we have safe distancing practices?” Abbott said. “There are factors we simply do not know at this time: What s going to be the status of COVID-19 in the state of Texas, what is going to be the status of any type of medical treatments such as medicines that can be taken for people who test positive for COVID-19.”

“We will have further clarity on both of those issues as we get to the mid-July time frame,” Abbott said. “According to the athletic director for the University of Texas, they need an answer by the early part of August. Now we think we will be able to give it to them.”

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