An annual clinic that Texas hosts for the state’s high school football coaches will not he held this year.
Bob Shipley, the director of high school relations for the UT football program, tweeted on Tuesday that the 2020 Texas Football Coaches Clinic had been cancelled. Shipley cited the “growing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus” as the reason. The coaching clinic was scheduled for April 3-4. Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel had been booked to be the keynote speaker.
Texas’ coaching clinic draws hundreds of high school coaches from Texas and other states. UT coach Tom Herman and members of his staff have traditionally addressed the attendees. NFL head coaches like New England’s Bill Belichick (2017), Cincinnati’s Marvin Lewis (2018) and Sean McVay of the Los Angeles Rams (2019) have previously been featured speakers.
With the growing concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 virus, our Annual Texas Coaches Clinic (April 3-4) has been cancelled. We're truly sorry we will miss you and our thoughts are on your safety, health & well-being at this time. All registered coaches will receive a refund.
— Bob Shipley (@RobertShipley2) March 17, 2020
Coronavirus-related fears have led to the cancellation of competitions for all of UT’s winter and spring sports. The university itself is on an extended spring break. Texas has not yet called off its spring football practices and the program’s spring game is still scheduled for April 25.