One day after the Big Ten announced it would play a conference-only schedule in all sports this fall, the Pac-12 voted to do the same on Friday. This move will delay the start of the fall seasons, including football.
According to ESPN, one of the reasons the Pac-12 decided to push back the start of the football season was concern that USC and UCLA would not be ready to play in early September because of coronavirus cases in the Los Angeles area.
This means the following Big 12 games are cancelled: Oklahoma State vs. Oregon State, TCU at Cal, and Texas Tech vs. Arizona.
In a statement, Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said, “The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority. Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”
Officials from the ACC, Big 12 and SEC told ESPN on Friday that they will likely wait until the end of July to make a decision on scheduling for football this fall, if the season can be played.
Despite Bob Bowlsby saying yesterday he was not planning on cancelling the non-conference, it’s looking harder by the day that the Big 12 will be able to pull it off.
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