The Big Ten was the first domino to fall. The Pac-12 and MAC could be next.
On Wednesday, the Big Ten announced it will resume the 2020 football season in October. The league had postponed play in August because of the coronavirus pandemic.
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The Los Angeles Times reports the Pac-12, which also shut down sports on Aug. 11, could be ready to resume play, with a meeting of conference’s presidents and chancellors on the schedule for Friday.
Recent developments including the acquisition of rapid daily testing for COVID-19 and the approval of full-contact football practices could clear the way for conference leaders to vote on potential season start dates or at least agree in principle to resume sports that had been previously pushed back to 2021.
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The MAC, which also delayed sports until the spring and shares a geographic footprint with the Big Ten, is said to be weighing football’s return as well, according to the Detroit News.
The Mid-American Conference is exploring reinstating its fall football season with an eight-game, conference-only schedule, with the athletic directors making the big push, a source with direct knowledge of the situation told The News on Thursday. A proposal, including a schedule framework, is being developed to present to the conference’s presidents, possibly by the end of the week. With major hurdles like finances and testing, no decision is imminent.
The Detroit Free Press reports “no decision or vote has been scheduled. Among pending concerns are procuring and administering rapid-result coronavirus tests, according to reports.”
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