Pac-12 postpones 2020 football season due to COVID-19

By Kevin Kelley -

The Pac-12 Conference has postponed their 2020 football season, the league announced on Tuesday.

The move, a result of the ongoing novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, comes just over an hour after the Big Ten postponed their season.

“All of the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors understand the importance of this decision, and the disappointment it will create for our student-athletes, the coaches, support staff and all of our fans,” said Michael H. Schill, president of the University of Oregon. “Ultimately, our decision was guided by science and a deep commitment to the health and welfare of student-athletes. We certainly hope that 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 connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.  “Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”

All Pac-12 sport competitions are included and are postponed through the end of the calendar year. The conference stated it would consider a return to competition after January 1, 2021.

The Pac-12 is the fourth Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) conference to postpone their 2020 season, joining the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Mountain West Conference, and Big Ten Conference.

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Comments (4)

They should have “pac”ked up a long time ago. When’s the last time they were in the playoff?

I’m all for the American replacing them Pac12 as a Power 5 team.

Conditions permitting … Big 10 and Pac 12 play conference games February-April, conference championships in early May, Rose Bowl on Memorial Day. One concern, besides all of the obvious ones, would be conflicts with NFL draft and losing key players.

The financial impact will be outstanding.

Who will play the Rose bowl?

The virus maybe more dangerous than the 1941 japanese.

I had to work through all the pandemic. I was an essential worker. Pac 12 is just caving in to pressure. Sad.