PAC-12 Goes Conference-Only

Pac-12 Shield. Courtesy Pac-12 Group

Pac-12 Shield. Courtesy Pac-12 Group

A day after the Big Ten Conference announced its schools would play only against one another if there is a football season this fall, the Pac-12 followed suit late Friday afternoon, making its decision after a meeting of university presidents and chancellors.

The decision also includes men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball, and the league said it is delaying the start of mandatory athletic activities "until a series of health and safety indicators, which have recently trended in a negative direction, provided sufficient positive data to enable a move to a second phase of return-to-play activities".

When told that the ACC was planning on making a decision later in July, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told ESPN that the conference is "kind of on the same schedule". Finebaum gives the chances of a college football season happening "25%".

"The really complicated financial issue, probably the one we're most likely going to be in, is that we have other sports (other than football) but we don't have the revenue to cover them", she said then, "and that's very complicated because of the way our athletic department revenue structure work". "With the Pac-12-s decision to move to a conference-only schedule, we will do our best to adjust". For the WSU Cougars football team, they are scheduled to open Pac-12 play on September 26 at Oregon State.

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For the UW Huskies football team, their first conference game is scheduled against OR in Eugene on October 4.

Voluntary workouts at WSU have been taking place since June 15 and the school was scheduled to begin mandatory athletic activities on Saturday, with fall camp opening approximately two weeks later on August 3 - one month before what would've been the season opener at Utah State.

The league said student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics during the coming academic year because of safety concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their university and will remain in good standing with their team. According to CBS Sports, the Athletic Director's in the conference are scheduled to meet with Commissioner Sankey on Monday. Northern Arizona's overall athletic budget is $21 million and already went through one round of budget reductions to prevent cutting sports.

On Thursday, Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel contacted his counterpart at Washington, Jen Cohen, with the news that the Big Ten was canceling its nonconference games because of COVID-19.

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