The Big 12 Board of Directors voted Tuesday night to allow their schools to move forward with the fall 2020 season, conferences announced Wednesday. The conference also released its 2020 football schedule.
“I’m very optimistic about moving forward,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday. “Saying that, however, if we get to a point where we have a crossroads and the information is contraindicated going forward, we know we can quickly turn to protect student athletes and do something different if what we are doing is not is working. “
During a phone call Tuesday night, Big 12 presidents and chancellors heard from medical experts before the vote, according to CBS Sports. Before the call, the presidents seemed to be in favor of the game of the season.
“The mindset is very early [to cancel], “a Big 12 source told CBS Sports before the meetings.” If the medical person grabs the key, [we’ll go]. “
Bowlsby said the conference will implement “extended testing”, consisting of three tests per week for football and any “other high-contact sport”. He also said that players who test positive and recover will receive proper cardiac care, due to new evidence that even those with mild cases of COVID-19 may suffer from.
The Big 12 conference schedule will start on September 26, which would usually be the fourth week of the football season. Teams will compete in a 10-match season consisting of 9 conference games and one non-conference game each. The annual Red River showdown between Texas and Oklahoma will be played at Bowl Cotton on Oct. 10, despite the previous cancellation of the Texas State Fair.
The SEC is now the only Power Five conference that does not release a full program or postpone its football season. The conference appears to be strongly supporting the games, as the commissioner said the conference’s medical advisory board said they could continue with the fall season, according to CBS Sports. Their season is set to start on September 26th.
Big Ten and Pac-12 bothon Tuesday due to concerns about . The ACC released its schedule on Aug. 6, and an official previously told CBS Sports the conference conference “absolutely” intends to play the season.
Although not part of the Power Five, the Big East also announced Wednesday that its schools will not be hosting a fall 2020 season. “The conference will evaluate alternative options for hosting fall sports competitions during the spring of the year. 2021 “, said the conference in a statement. The Inter-American Conference, also not a member of the Five Powers,, also saying that it will appear that the games will take place in the spring.