Pac-12 announces conference-only model

WSU offensive lineman Patrick Utschinski

WSU offensive lineman Patrick Utschinski

Just what the Northern Illinois University football season ultimately looks like seems uncertain right now, given the COVID-19 pandemic - but it's definitely down two games.

"With the information available to us today regarding the continued spread of the virus, we simply do not believe we can create and maintain an environment for intercollegiate athletic competition that meets our requirements for safety and acceptable levels of risk, consistent with the policies that each of our schools is adopting as part of its reopening plans this fall".

Oklahoma is now set to begin their season against Missouri State on September 5, but is exploring moving that up one week to allow for testing between games. "We will continue to seek the guidance and input from medical and infectious disease experts, as well as our local and campus health officials and doctors as we evaluate this ever-changing landscape". "We continue to do so following Thursday's announcement by the Big Ten that impacts our 2020 football schedule". Hawaii had most of its nonconference schedule wiped out, losing road games against Pac-12 schools Arizona, UCLA and OR after Fordham earlier canceled its September 12 game at Aloha Stadium.

"The University of Notre Dame has informed the Packers that the game scheduled for October 3 at Lambeau Field has been canceled due to the pandemic and the Big 10 Conference reducing their schedule to conference-only games".

"We are very hopeful to reschedule the game in the future".

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For the hockey teams, this decision likely means no games will be played until January 1, 2021, at the earliest.

The Big Ten actually had the highest per-school payouts previous year, which might surprise some who view the SEC as the big money conference.

"We may not have sports in the fall", Warren told the Big Ten Network.

"This is not a fait accompli that we're going to have sports in the fall", said Warren. But even the conference admits that still may not be enough to have any sports in the fall.

A day after Greg Sankey said he is "prepared that optimism is not reality" when it comes to the upcoming college football season, Sankey released a statement preaching patience. "We recognize the challenges ahead and know the well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans must remain at the forefront of those decisions".

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