“The Board continues to believe that the health and well-being of our student-athletes should guide all decisions,” commented TCU Chairman and Chancellor Victor Boschini. “To this end, the Board has consistently relied on the advice and advice of senior medical experts to determine the sustainability of the options available. Our student-athletes love to compete, and it is the Board ‘s collective opinion that sports can be played safely and in concert with the best interests of their well-being. We remain vigilant in monitoring the trends and effects of COVID 19 as we learn more about the virus. If at any point our scientists and doctors conclude that our institutions cannot provide a safe and appropriate environment for our participants, we will change course. “
12 major members are committed to enhanced COVID-19 testing that includes three weekly tests in “high contact” sports such as Football, Volleyball and Soccer. Furthermore, protocols for relapse after positive screening will include an ECG, troponin blood test, echocardiogram, and cardiac MRI. Non-conference football opponents must also adhere to COVID-19 testing protocols that comply with Big 12 standards during the week leading up to the competition.
“The virus continues to evolve and medical professionals are learning more with each passing week,” said Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Opinions differ about the best way forward, as we have seen throughout higher education and our society at large, but we are pleased with the ability of our institutions to provide a structured environment of rigorous training, testing and supervision. , hospital quality sanitation and relaxation practices to choose the health and safety of our student-athletes.We believe that all of this intertwines to create an ideal learning and training situation during this time of COVID-19. “Our student-athletes have shown their desire to compete in the sports they love this season and it is up to all of us to provide a safe, sound medical and structured academic and athletic environment to reach that end.”
Moving forward with planning for the upcoming sports fall season, the Conference is also launching the revised 2020 conference football conference program. The “9 + 1” planning model features a start date of September 26 for the Conference show. Each team will have a minimum of two bye dates and potentially a third bye at the end of the season. The Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship game is pre-scheduled for December 12th. All non-conference games must end before September 26, and matches will be announced by each individual conference member. Stadium capacity will be determined by each member institution in accordance with local and / or state health practices, and working with government officials.
All Big 12 sports competitions will start after September 1st. To ensure consistent health and safety protocols, Volleyball and Football matches will be limited to conference opponents only.