By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Two conferences made unique decisions on Tuesday. One conference decided to play their upcoming fall seasons, while the other has elected to shut everything down.
The Big 12 Conference has announced, as of August 12th, that they are moving forward with plans to play the upcoming fall sports schedule, including a college football season. The teams are expected to play a conference only schedule.
However, the Nebraska Cornhuskers – who want to play the 2020 season – may look at options to play games in the Big 12 Conference being that the teams are close to one another. On Tuesday afternoon, the Big Ten Conference elected to shut down their seasons, due to “data” that their doctors provided to Kevin Warren.
The Pac-12 Conference also shut down their fall sports teams, including football. Their decision; however, appears to be one that will last through December 31st, 2020.
The Conference also said that there will be no basketball teams playing either during their shut down.
“All of the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors understand the importance of this decision, and the disappointment it will create for our student-athletes, the coaches, support staff and all of our fans,” Oregon President Michael H. Schill said. “Ultimately, our decision was guided by science and a deep commitment to the health and welfare of student-athletes. We certainly hope that the Pac-12 will be able to return to competition in the New Year.”
The Big 12 Conference joins the Atlantic Coast Conference and the Southeastern Conference, who are committed to playing an upcoming fall sports schedule, including football. The American Athletic Conference is also expected to play their season, as well.
The Big 12 Conference is expected to start their season on Sept. 26. The Sun Belt Conference is expected to play their season, as well. The Sun Belt also canceled their season opener until Sept. 26.
“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. “Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.
“Unlike professional sports, college sports cannot operate in a bubble. Our athletic programs are a part of broader campuses in communities, where in many cases the prevalence of COVID-19 is significant. We will continue to monitor the situation and when conditions change we will be ready to explore all options to play the impacted sports in the new calendar year. We know that this is a difficult day for our student-athletes, and our hearts go out to them and their families. We have made clear that all of their scholarships will be guaranteed, and that as a Conference we are strongly encouraging the NCAA to grant them an additional year of eligibility.”