Pac-12 announces conference-only seasons for football, other sports

Football game canceled

Football game canceled

A 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 Friday during a meeting of athletics directors, university presidents and conference officials.

"By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic", the Big Ten said.

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"The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority", said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

The Big Ten's decision wipes out 33 nonconference football games against non-Power Five programs - nine more against Power Five opponents, including two against Pac-12 foes - with payouts ranging in the six figures to more than $1 million to smaller schools. Scheduling details for those sports will be released at a later date, while those not listed will continue to be evaluated. According to what Warren said to BTN's Mike Hall during an interview segment on Thursday, it's a real possibility that there may not be sports at all in the fall, and that the college football season could be shelved. The CEO Group also announced that it would be delaying the start of mandatory athletic activities. SEC athletic directors are scheduled to meet at the league's office in Birmingham, Alabama, on Monday.

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From a Utah perspective, it loses non-conference games vs. BYU (Sept. 3), Montana State (Sept. 12), and at Wyoming (Sept. 19).

For the UW Huskies football team, their first conference game is scheduled against OR in Eugene on October 4. Now, USC fans dreaming of starting the season with a win over Alabama and finishing it with a victory over Notre Dame can begin regionalizing their aspirations for the 2020 campaign. Hours before the Big Ten announcement, Northern Iowa, which will lose a September 5 game at Iowa, said it expected an athletics budget shortfall to exceed $1 million. A new schedule for all fall sports teams should be coming soon. Athletes who choose not to participate in the next academic year due to COVID-19 concerns will continue to have their scholarships honored and will remain in good standing with their teams.

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