Big 12 Releases Revised Schedule, ACC and SEC Moving Forward with Flexibility

Big 12 Releases Revised Schedule, ACC and SEC Moving Forward with Flexibility

The bottom line - there's A LOT of money being lost without college football in 2020 and everyone's scrambling to find a way to make it back as quickly as possible. "If we can prioritize the safety of them and find a quicker way to get out of this, I think we're going to be able to survive". "We know nothing will ease that".

"Probably more importantly, it's a disappointment for the young men who play football, who are on Ohio State, whatever year it is", DeWine said during his regular coronavirus briefing.

The NCAA board previously expressed "serious concerns about the continuing high levels of COVID-19 infection in many parts of the nation", and it laid out a list of strict requirements for schools and conferences in light of the pandemic.

But conference commissioner Kevin Warren doesn't intend to allow that happen. "We will continue to further refine our policies and protocols for a safe return to sports as we monitor developments around COVID-19 in a continued effort to support, educate and care for our student-athletes every day". All non-conference games must be played prior to September 26.

So go on a one-season Big 12 reunion tour as a nonconference opponent and get kicked out of the Big Ten? The conference has not released a schedule, however. On Tuesday, college football was such a disaster that medical advice from one conference was being used to discount the work of doctors in competing conferences.

"We think it is premature to make any major decisions at this time", American commissioner Mike Aresco told ESPN. "We try to be very collaborative, communicative with our peers across the country".

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Justin Fields of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Michael Danna of the Michigan Wolverines on November 30, 2019, in Ann Arbor.

"Our lives are changing forever right before our eyes", Arizona offensive lineman Donovan Laie tweeted.

"The Board continues to believe that the health and well-being of our student-athletes must guide all decisions", Board of Directors Chairman and TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini said in a statement. We are trusting God, taking all the necessary precautions, but being even more intentional to lead during these uncertain times by following Christ. We will continue to follow our process that has been in place for months and has served us well.

Not everyone in the Big Ten was thrilled with the decision. We respect the institutions in the Big Ten.

The cost of losing football will be devastating to athletic departments. Hordes of fans clad in blue and white would have offered a needed cash flow boon, but the Big Ten's decision prevented a massive influx of a transient population from permeating Centre County. Maybe some can be recouped in the spring, but there are bills to pay now. MI said it could be in the red more than that. "I don't know we would want to be the only college football conference playing". Those are things we have a plan for. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it hard.

When it looked as if the USA might be winning its fight against COVID-19, the idea of a spring season mostly fell by the wayside. But according to a tally from CBS Sports, 34 players from the Power Five have already opted out of the season.

Before football can be played in the spring there has to be a plan for a fall without games. Or maybe none at all.

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