In a COVID-19 world, having more options seems to be better than having fewer options. That’s what the Big 12 Conference has wisely decided.
According to a report from the Dallas Morning News‘ Chuck Carlton, the Big 12 Conference is looking at some contingency plans for the Big 12 Championship Game, which is scheduled to be played on Saturday, December 5th.
Per Carlton’s report, “Among the things under consideration by a working group of Big 12 athletic directors is the possibility of moving the conference football championship game back a week from Dec. 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington. The change would give the conference a built-in makeup week if regular-season games were canceled by COVID-19.”
Of course there would be other things to consider, like what the Dallas Cowboys and NFL season might look like. Also, if a Big 12 team is in the running for the College Football Playoff, what does that mean for the Selection Sunday announcement?
Baylor AD Mack Rhoades is the head of conference ADs and told Carlton, “Probably conferences are looking at any ways to build in flexibility in the event you’re playing 12 games, there’s a cancellation of some games and is there the flexibility to make up any one of those games.”
Regardless, there is a ton up in the air for the upcoming college football season and flexibility is something every conference and program should strive for. Also on Monday, Story County, Iowa re-affirmed its position that Iowa State should not have any fans at games this fall, just weeks after Iowa State said it was planning to have a stadium at half capacity.
The Big 12 season is scheduled to begin on Saturday, September 5th.
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