The Pac-12 on Friday approved a 10-match autumn program schedule for football that would start on September 26, with “much built in flexibility”, the conference announced on Friday.
Each team will play five home games and five away games, and the Pac-12 Championship will now be played on December 18th or 19th. The conference title game will take place in a home-run model for 2020, with Pac-12 and partners Allegiant Stadium and Raiders, the Las Vegas Convention & Visiting Authority (LVCVA) and MGM Resorts International agreeing to start holding the Championship game at the Allegiant Stadium in 2021 for his two-year run in Las Vegas.
Games that cannot be played on their scheduled date can be played in their beast weeks or in Week 12 (December 12). The Pac-12 and Big Ten both announced on July 10 that they would be playing a single conference schedule, but Friday was the first time the Pac-12 announced its specifics.
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While the Big Ten and Big 12 have not yet announced their plans, Friday marked the third straight day this week that a Power 5 conference made drastic changes to their fall football schedules – all with the warning that they might not occurred at all as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect college athletics. The ACC on Wednesday announced an 11-match model that includes Notre Dame, and the SEC followed on Thursday with its transition to a single conference schedule.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott acknowledged that it “may not be possible” to play a 10-game program until December 19 – or that spring may be needed to complete it.
“The same thing could happen in other markets,” he said. “… We acknowledge that the best set plans may not be realized, regardless of whether the opportunity starts on the 26th, to play a complement to a minimum number of games that we think would be required for a Playoff Football College , and we can start but we will not be able to finish, and then we will have to fix.We will have to fix with a spring piece, either to finish or to start, maybe delay the dates for a “play off if it is still possible. There are many, many scenarios still on the table, but we have felt it is critical at this point to be able to give some clarity to our plan.”
When asked on Friday what his confidence level is this season, Scott replied: “I do not know.” As Major League Baseball continues to struggle with stopping schedule explosions, Scott said he is expecting the same thing this fall in college football.
“There is no bubble and a bubble would not be appropriate for college sports and our campuses,” Scott told reporters at a media webinar Friday afternoon. “These are students and they will not be able to quarantine or isolate themselves in a bubble, in the same way they do sports. … That ‘s one of the reasons why building on schedule flexibility is so important. If there’ s an explosion on the team, we would expect this to be a real opportunity.And if this happens, especially with the 14-day quarantine period currently for anyone who is a close contact, it will require the resumption of a game.
“And so, we have two options for each team to be able to potentially reorganize, or delay the start. We understand that there are some markets that do not have the right rules at the moment to start on time. We need to make sure that they “We have a safe and strong training camp to be able to play on time. “If a team can’t start on time, we have the waiting week to repair … either in the bye week or this December 10th week we have.”
With its delayed launch, and the coronavirus still growing in its geographical footprint, the Pac-12 will enter the “extended summer entry” period as early as August 3, following the start of its official summer camp. training as early as August 17 (The NCAA-approved official practice schedule this year began the extended 20-hour period on July 24, and the summer camp can officially begin on August 7 for any team still open on the Labor Day weekend).
USC and UCLA said in a joint statement schools were pleased with the Pac-12 plan.
“We understand the great interest in the 90th edition of our historic game of football rivalry, currently scheduled for September 26 at the Rose Bowl,” the joint statement said. “Although we are making progress towards the start of our respective seasons, at this time we do not have the right county and state elections to start the races. Creating a planning model for the fall sports season that offers optimal flexibility was an important step. rotating process.
“In particular, our football schedules create the opportunity for us to move our season opener competition to open dates later in the season (October 31 and December 12), if necessary. UCLA and USC are in absolute reach, and “We remain in regular communication with state, local and university officials. We will continue to follow their instructions given as much as possible the health and safety of our student athletes.”
Doug Aukerman, senior director of Oregon State athletic associate, said it is difficult to identify a number of positive cases that would cause a game to be canceled.
“You can not just say, ‘there is a certain number of players,'” he said. “Because if you get an infection in the couple and they are coming from different sources, and they are happening a day or two before the game, you may not really have control of the virus transmission in that case, and you should pause. Is it in some cases at the beginning of the week and they are both related and you can contact-trace where they were, this is a much safer environment and situation. So it’s hard to achieve a convenience, fast number. “If it were, everyone at every conference would have had it.”
Not all Pac-12 schools have been cleared to start even the extended entry period, which is mostly strength and conditioning, film review and traverses.
“We’ve been talking about this for five months, so we’re going to have a plan based on what we’re allowed to do, based on our local medical and government officials,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “We will find a way to make it work. There are things we can do now that we could not do two weeks ago, and hopefully a few weeks from now there will be things we can do. we do what we can not do now. “
The new schedule features rivals Arizona in Arizona State and USC in UCLA in the first week instead of the traditional end of the regular season.
“We understand at the moment, those are real hotspots, and the right authorities and approvals are not there yet,” Scott told Arizona and California. “By placing the first week, in case these teams in each of those two markets do not run out, they become very easy to adjust. Each of them can be re-announced in the week bye on the calendar a few weeks later, or the week “of December we left. We will see with our eyes open.”