SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 General Group voted unanimously to postpone all sports competitions until the end of the 2020 calendar year.
The decision was made after consultation with athletics directors and the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee which expressed concern about moving forward with contact practice. The Committee’s updated report and guidelines can be found here: Pac-12 COVID-19 Return to Games Considerations – 10 August 2020 and a full list of Commission members can be found here: Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee. The conference also announced that when conditions improve, it would consider a return to competition for influential sports after January 1, 2021.
The student-athletes affected by the postponement will continue to guarantee their scholarships. Moreover, the Pac-12 Conference strongly encourages the NCAA to grant non-competitive students this academic year an additional year of eligibility. As part of their guaranteed scholarships, they will continue to have university support, including academic counseling and tutoring, among other support services.
“All Pac-12 presidents and chancellors understand the importance of this decision and the disappointment it will create for our student-athletes, coaches, support staff and all our fans,” said Michael H. Schill, president of the University of Oregon. “Ultimately, our decision was driven by science and a deep commitment to the health and well-being of student-athletes. We certainly hope the Pac-12 will be able to return to competition in the New Year.”
“The health, safety and well-being of our student athletes and all those associated with Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the beginning of this current crisis,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Our student athletes, fans, staff and anyone who loves college sports would love to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how frustrating this is.”
Scott noted that as the Conference’s detailed plan to keep student-athletes safe was working in accordance with the guidelines of the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee and state and local government orders, the situation was becoming more challenging: ” “Unlike professional sports, college sports can not operate in a bubble,” he said. “Our athletic programs are part of wider camps in communities where in many cases the spread of COVID-19 is important. We will continue to monitor the situation and when conditions change, we will be willing to consider all options to play influenced sports in the new calendar year. “
“We know this is a difficult day for our student athletes and our hearts go out to them and their families,” Scott added. “We have clarified that all of their scholarships will be guaranteed, and as a Conference we are strongly encouraging the NCAA to give them an additional year of eligibility.”
About the Pac-12 Conference
The conference has a tradition like the “Conference of Champions”, which leads the country in the NCAA Championship in 54 of the last 60 years, with 529 NCAA team titles in total. The conference includes 12 major US universities – University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Colorado, University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of Utah, University of Washington, and Washington State University. For more information on Conference programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to Pac-12.com/conference.