Pac-12 Decides to Play Ball This Fall

First the Big Ten, now Pac-12 is reversing its decision to postpone its fall season, voting on Thursday to return to play college football this fall, according to CNN. Each team in the Pac-12 will play seven conference-only games beginning Nov. 6. A championship game is scheduled to be played on Dec. 18.

“This has been the result of what we said back in August — that we’d follow the science, follow the data, follow the advice from our medical experts, and that we know how badly our student-athletes want to compete, as student-athletes for the Pac-12, but that we would only do so when we felt that we could do so safely,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said, according to ESPN.

No fans will attend. The conference originally announced in early August it would postpone all sports until at least Jan. 1 due to the pandemic. The latest announcement comes while other college football games have also been postponed because of the coronavirus. The Pac-12 announced men’s and women’s basketball can begin on Nov. 25.

For other winter sports, including wrestling, women’s gymnastics, and men’s and women’s swimming and diving, each university will determine when practice starts in line with local public health rules and depending on what is happening on each campus. Regarding other fall sports whose championships were postponed by the NCAA this year until the spring, they will take place beginning in January. Practice will be this fall, according to the NCAA rules.