Pac-12 on Friday approved a schedule for the fall of football with 10 matches, which is to begin on September 26, with “great flexibility,” the conference said on Friday.
Each team will play five home and five road games, and the Pac-12 Championship will now be played on December 18 or 19. A home-based title conference will be played in 2020, with Pac-12 and Allegiant Stadium partners and robbers, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (LVCVA) and MGM Resorts International have agreed to host the stadium championships in 2021. Allegiant during his two-year run in Las Vegas.
Games that cannot be played on the scheduled date can be set up in their farewell weeks or in the 12th week (December 12). Pac-12 and Big Ten announced on July 10 that they would only play the conference program, but on Friday Pac-12 announced its specifics for the first time.
Pac-12 approves football plan to 2020 and plans for the fall.
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While the Big Ten and Big 12 have yet to announce their plans, Friday marked the third straight day this week that the Power 5 conference had made drastic changes to its football programs in the fall – all with the proviso that this may not happen at all as the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect athletics in college. The ACC announced an 11-game model on Wednesday that includes Notre Dame, and the SEC followed on Thursday with its move to the conference program.
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott has admitted that “it may not be possible” to play even a 10-game schedule by December 10, otherwise his spring will probably be needed.
“The same can happen in other markets,” he said. “… We realize that the best plans drawn up may not be realized, as long as they are able to start the 26th, they will be played with the minimum number of games we think would be required for the College Football playoffs and we can start , but we will not be able to finish, and then we will have to adjust. We will have to adjust using the spring section, either to finish or start, or to delay the play-off dates if still possible. There are many, many scenarios that are still on the table, but we felt it was critical at this point to give our plan clarity. ‘ “
When Scott asked Friday about his confidence level this season, Scott replied, “I don’t know.” As Major League Baseball continues to fight the outbreak, Scott said he expects the same in college football this year.
“There is no bubble and the bubble would not be suitable for college sports and our campuses,” Scott told reporters at a media webinar on Friday afternoon. “These are students and they will not be able to quarantine or isolate in the bubble, just like professionals do. … This is one of the reasons why building flexibility on schedule is so important. there will be an outbreak in the team, we expect it to be a real possibility. And if that happens, especially with the 14-day quarantine periods that are currently for anyone in close contact, it will require a change in the game plan.
“So we have two opportunities for each team to potentially reschedule or delay the start. We are aware that there are markets that do not currently have the necessary rules to start on time. We need to make sure I have safe and robust training camps so we can play on time. If the team can’t start on time, we have a farewell week to reschedule … either for a farewell week or this December, we have. “
With a delayed onset and coronavirus, the geographical footprint is still growing, Pac-12 will enter a period of “improved summer access” as early as August 3, followed by the launch of an official training camp on August 17. (The official NCAA-approved training plan this year began with a 20-hour extension period on July 24, and summer camp may officially begin on August 7 for all teams still opening over weekends on weekdays).
USC and UCLA said in a joint statement that the schools were satisfied with the Pac-12 plan.
“We understand the strong interest in the 90th edition of our historic competitive football game, which is currently scheduled for September 26 at the Rose Bowl,” the joint statement said. “Even though we are getting to the beginning of our seasons, at the moment we do not have the necessary permits for the regions and states to start the competition. The development of a planning model for the autumn sports season, which provides optimal flexibility, was another important step in the process.
“Above all, our football plans create an opportunity for us to postpone our season opening competition to opening dates later in the season (October 31 and December 12), if necessary. UCLA and USC are in absolute balance and we remain in regular communication with state, local and university officials. We will continue to manage them with maximum regard for the health and safety of our student athletes. ‘ “
Doug Aukerman, chief sports director of the Associated State of Oregon, said that it was difficult to identify several positive cases that would lead to the cancellation of the game.
“You can’t just say, ‘It’s a certain number of players,'” he said. “Because if you get a few infections and they come from different sources and they appear a day or two before the game, you may not have the virus transmission control under control in this case and you need to take a break. It’s a few cases at the beginning of the week and the two are connected and you can connect and find out where they were, which is a much safer environment and situation. It is therefore difficult to come up with a light, fast number. If it were, everyone at every conference would already have it. ‘ “
Not all Pac-12 schools are allowed to begin an extended accession period, which is mainly strength and fitness, film control and screenings.
“We’ve been talking about it for five months, so we’ll have a plan based on what we’re allowed, based on our local medical and government officials,” said Stanford coach David Shaw. “We will find a way to make it work. There are things we can do now that we couldn’t do it two weeks ago, and hopefully in a few weeks there will be things we can do that we won’t be able to do now. “
The new schedule includes Arizona rivals Arizona and USC UCLA in the first week instead of the traditional end of the regular season.
“We recognize that these are real hot spots at the moment, and the necessary offices and approvals do not yet exist,” Scott said of Arizona and California. “By launching them by the first week, if these teams are not completed in each of these two markets, they will become very easily replaceable. Each of them could be moved to a bye week on the calendar a few weeks later, or the December week we left. We keep our eyes wide open. ‘ “