Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte greets fans during a basketball game against Michigan on Dec. 12, 2017. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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ESPN’s Seth Greenberg doubts Texas fans, AD Del Conte responds, kind of, on Twitter

Posted January 29th, 2018

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Seth Greenberg’s “peeps” don’t believe Texas will show up against Oklahoma.

Texas fans, that is.

Anyone who has watched Longhorn home games this season knows about the attendance issues. Number wise, there doesn’t appear to be a huge problem. Texas is averaging more than 10,000 fans for home games. But there have been times when that number looked, well, not true. The eye test is constantly failed.

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So there is some truth behind this Greenberg tweet:

There’s one thing his “peeps” should know: It’s still Oklahoma and Texas.

Last year these two teams combined for 22 wins and they still got more than 10,000 fans in the Frank Erwin Center. And the Erwin Center will just never look that full with 10,000 fans because that’s still about 6,000 fans below capacity.

But the best thing about this tweet is the response that new Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte sent out:

I’m not sure what the emoji means, but I guess he wasn’t thrilled about Greenberg’s “peeps” calling out Texas fans. And frankly, who are Seth Greenberg’s “peeps?” I imagine it’s he and former ACC standout Malcolm Delaney trading text messages.

What’s Del Conte going to do to make sure fans show up?

Overall, Texas is taking advantage of the early start. It’s a brilliant move to pump up the women’s game by letting the fans who come for Game Day stay for the noon women’s game against TCU.

Here’s the press release from Texas: 

For the third time in program history and first since the 2008-09 season, The University of Texas and the Frank Erwin Center will play host to ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm. The one-hour morning show will be live from the Erwin Center from 10-11 a.m. Central, followed by an evening edition leading into the Texas-Oklahoma telecast. The Texas-OU game will tip at 5:15 p.m. Central, and the game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

Admission to all UT students and the general public for the morning telecast is FREE. Fans will be allowed into the Erwin Center beginning at 9 a.m. through Entrances A, B and C on the concourse level. General admission seating will allow fans to fill sections directly behind the GameDay set location.

Fans who attend the morning show broadcast will be permitted to stay, free of charge, for the Texas-TCU women’s basketball game, which will begin at Noon Central. Fans will be moved to general-admission seating areas in the lower arena after the show concludes at 11 a.m. Central, allowing season and single-game women’s basketball ticket holders to access their reserved seats for the Texas-TCU game.

Additional information regarding parking, UT student shuttle schedules and promotional activities will be announced next week.

College GameDay Covered by State Farm is hosted by Rece Davis, with analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. Dan Shulman, Bilas and reporter Maria Taylor will have the call of the Texas-Oklahoma Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T matchup.

College GameDay previously visited UT in advance of the Texas-Kansas matchup on Feb. 25, 2006 (80-55 Texas victory) and the Texas-Oklahoma matchup on Feb. 21, 2009 (73-68 Texas victory).

 

 

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