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Updated 11:18 AM; Today 10:37 AM
By Geoffrey C. Arnold | The Oregonian/OregonLive
The Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences have decided to cancel or postpone the 2020 college football season due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports Monday morning.
TMZsports.com reported “multiple sources” have told the website the Pac-12 plans to postpone its football season with the hope of playing in the spring of 2021. The report said “some coaches and staffs have already been informed.”
Sports radio host Dan Patrick said on his show Monday morning the Pac-12 Conference will cancel the football season on Tuesday.
“The Big Ten and the Pac-12 will cancel their football seasons,” Patrick said on his broadcast. “The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence. The SEC is trying to get a delay to get teams join them. The SEC is looking at exclusive TV contracts.”
Jon Wilner of The Mercury News reported that the Pac-12 Conference presidents had not made the decision as of Monday morning.
The Pac-12 Conference presidents and chancellors are scheduled to meet Tuesday morning and a formal announcement is expected following the meeting.
Meanwhile, the Big Ten reportedly has voted to cancel its 2020 season, according to reports.
The conference voted 12-2 to cancel the season, the Detroit Free Press reported. Nebraska and Iowa were the two schools who voted to play, according to Patrick. A formal announcement by the conference is expected Tuesday morning.
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reported that a Big Ten spokesman said that “no vote” had yet been held by the league’s presidents and chancellors.
Should the conferences make the official announcements Tuesday, the move would be unprecedented in the history of college football. It is looking increasingly likely there won’t be college football in 2020.
-- Geoffrey C. Arnold | @geoffreyCarnold
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