Saturday's Scrimmage Canceled

According to University of Texas Athletics, Saturday's open scrimmage has been canceled due to heavy rains in the forecast. However, the Autograph session is still slated to go on and will begin at 11 a.m. at the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center.

The Longhorns open scrimmage at Darrell K. Royal Texas Memorial Stadium, originally scheduled for 7:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, has been canceled, according to UT Athletics.

Instead, the Longhorns will continue their preparations with a practice in the bubble at the Frank Denius practice fields. The annual autograph session will continue after the workout at 11 a.m. at the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center.

"Our number one concern is safety, for our fans, players and staff," said Jim Baker, Associate Athletics Director for Events and Operations, in a release from Texas. "With all of the on-going construction in the stadium, field maintenance and unusual weather conditions, it's better for everybody that we let our team continue their preparations for the season indoors and concentrate our efforts on making the autograph session a success. It's also important to us to insure that our facility is in the best possible shape when we kickoff the season on September 1st against Arkansas State.

"Based on the forecast, we thought it was important to make the decision early so that our fans coming in from out of town can adjust their travel plans."

Gate 30 of the stadium will be open for fans to enter the event beginning at 10 a.m. The players and coaches will be available beginning at 11 a.m. at the Moncrief-Neuhaus Athletic Center.

Also in the release, Texas head coach Mack Brown said:

"We were excited to see the sun shining at times today and hopeful that things would dry up enough that we could go in the stadium tomorrow. However, with the forecast of more rain and the already soggy turf, we felt it was best for everyone to move to the bubble. We're sorry that our fans will miss out on watching the scrimmage but looking forward to seeing everyone at the autograph session. That will once again be a great opportunity for all of us to show our fans how much we appreciate their support."


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