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Bob Bowlsby: Big 12 Needs to be ‘up and running’ by mid-July to Start College Football on Time

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We are all hoping the college football season will start on time, and while there is reason for hope, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby is still planning for other options, just incase.

In a conversation with ESPN, Bowlsby said the Big 12 needs to be “up and running” by mid-July if the college football season is going to start on time.

Bowlsby said, “If we’re not, we’re looking at probably having to delay the season a little bit. but it’s too early to know if we’re going to be able to make that or not.”

Bowlsby added the Big 12 conference will have meetings next week to discuss how and when it is safest to get student-athletes back on campus and said there will be heavy reliance on health experts to determine what is best for all involved.


“They have to have testing and assurances that systems are in place to deal with positive tests, treat people after a positive test, triage, hospital-level disinfectant in all of the activity spaces,” he said. “There’s just a lot of layers of systems that have to be put in place.”

The biggest question for the sport as a whole is how the different conferences will open up and what advantages there might be for certain conferences in lesser-impacted areas like the SEC vs. hot spots in the Big Ten (Rutgers) and the ACC (Boston College).

On this issue, Bowlsby said, “That’s why we work together is to try and avoid those things, but there’s a range of outcomes that are probably satisfactory and that allows some local discretion.”

This all comes on the heels of Lincoln Riley saying last week that players returning on June 1st is “ridiculous”.

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