Pac-12 Postpones Football, All Sports Competitions (Including Swimming) To 2021

Another Power-5 domino falls: the Pac-12 has joined the Big Ten in canceling fall sports, including football, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Pac-12 Conference announced the move this afternoon, just an hour or so after the Big Ten announcement. The Pac-12 says its CEO group voted unanimously to postpone all sport competitions through the end of the 2020 calendar year. While the Big Ten’s announcement didn’t mention winter sports, the Pac-12 announcement makes clear that no sports – including swimming & diving – will be able to compete until January of 2021 at the earliest.

The Pac-12 says that it will “consider a return to competition for impacted sports after January 1, 2021,” but only when conditions improve. The press release also quotes Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scottwho says that the conference would be “ready to explore all options to play the impacted sports in the new calendar year.” That, like the Big Ten announcement, leaves open the possibility of running fall sports in the spring if the pandemic improves.

The Pac-12 and Big Ten are the highest-impact conferences to make decisions so far, as members of the Power-5. The SEC, ACC and Big 12 appear prepared to continue with fall sports, for the moment at least.

Including the Mountain West and Mid-American Conferences, four of the ten conferences in the FBS (the highest level of Division I college football) have now canceled their fall football season. Two of the seven independent FBS schools have also canceled.

That leaves the ACC, Big 12, and SEC in the Power-5, along with the AAC, C-USA and Sun Belt in the Group of Five. Notre Dame, BYU, New Mexico State, Liberty and Army West Point are the remaining independents still proceeding with football in the fall for the time being.

Here’s a list of the programs we’ve reported on so far:

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JCO
2 months ago

Intrasquad meets all first semester, dual meet or two in January, PAC12s in Feb, & NCAAs in March. Not ideal, but I think it could still work

Festus
2 months ago

Congrats to Texas for winning the 2021 Men’s National Championship.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Festus
2 months ago

You obviously mean swimming, cuz they suck at everything else.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

They are a lucky school to have a supporter like you.

PsychoDad
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

Harsh, Ol’. Texas Tennis 2019 national champs. Baseball is pretty good. Shaka is one of best recruiters in the country, but unfortunately a horrible game coach. Track and Field is first class. Girls soccer is very good too.

MarkB
Reply to  PsychoDad
2 months ago

Women’s soccer. It’s not the Boys football team, is it?

2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

The slow and painful drawn out cancellations/delays are rough. Does anyone really think there are going to be any college sports this year? Not picking a side in this comment, just pointing out that it is slowly going that way. I imagine we hit the tipping point very soon.

Admin
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

If I were wagering on it, I would wager big that there will be no college athletics for the fall season. I would wager a smaller amount that there will be no college athletics during the fall semester, and I would wager a moderate amount that there will be some college athletics in the spring.

Admin
Reply to  Braden Keith
2 months ago

I should clarify:

I would wager big that there would be no substantial college athletics for the fall season. I think someone will try and start, but will shut it down pretty quickly thereafter.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

No and no. Still have flu season to contend with and the amount of false COVID alarms over that (and the expense of testing, quarantining, tracing, PPE, and the rest) are going to be insane. We’re in the easy part now, if you can believe it. Of course, we can just all get vaccinated with the Russian vaccine and die.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
2 months ago

For you I suggest Chinese medicine . They really know Gout.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

An absolute truism is that — despite what their football fans might want to hear or believe — academic instiutions are about the most risk-averse businesses in this country. Since there’s very little cover now for University presidents/chancellors with the opt-out of so many conferences, they’ll be very timid. With the President’s poll numbers being what they are, his tweets of support yesterday were a death knell for college football. Universities can’t even count on political cover from him right now.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
2 months ago

I’m still wagering that come November 4th Covid will miraculously start to clear up as the press stops sensationalizing the virus and Spring semester will be business as usual. There was a poll conducted by Kekst at the end of July where people believed that 9% of the population in the US had died from covid and 20% had contracted it. There are 328 million people, give or take, in the US and as long as they are that misinformed don’t expect anything to open up.

https://www.kekstcnc.com/media/2793/kekstcnc_research_covid-19_opinion_tracker_wave-4.pdf (see the last page)

MarkB
Reply to  CA_LAWYER
2 months ago

Yes, I hate it when the press keeps sensationalizing 161,000 (and climbing) deaths.

Maverick
Reply to  MarkB
2 months ago

Well it would be nice to know an actual death count. (Yes I know many people have died related to Covid 19). But it would be nice to have an updated number without all the falsely labeled deaths. I have multiple friends who are hospital administrators who have openly admitted many deaths are labeled as such just if they have a symptom upon death. It would also be nice for the death count to be more specific. Maybe there is a trustworthy count, but it’s hard to find any info and truly trust it nowadays. Multiple states last time I saw numbers. 65-70%+ of the deaths happened in nursing homes/assisted living facilities. Lastly. Yes the media is sensationalizing the virus/deaths.… Read more »

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