The Pac-12 announced on August 11th that he will consider returning to the sport after the turn of the calendar in 2021. However, a series of developments last week and then this Wednesday opened the door for the championship to sign up for the Big Ten returning to the field earlier than expected.
Leaders in California and Oregon moved to ease state health restrictions Wednesday that would otherwise prevent six of the league’s 12 teams from exercising. Citing a source, ESPN’s Heather Dinich he mentioned that the Pac-12 could return to play as early as late October if county officials at the site of each program loosen restrictions to allow teams to practice.
CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd hears from Pac-12 sources that early November is probably a more feasible date for the league. However, efforts will be made for the end of October, starting with the fixed date of the final season of the Football Football Playoff Rankings on December 20.
This end of October could possibly match the Pac-12 with the Big Ten, which announced on Wednesday that it would start the football season on the weekend of October 24th.
Although it was the first Power Five championship that announce a plan For a daily rapid COVID-19 test, the Pac-12 faced more obstacles in returning to the game than the Power Five teams. Some of them began to fall on Wednesday as the governors of California and Oregon made statements that paved the way for plans in both states to return to action.
Some programs also require local health discounts, and two in the same county received it late Wednesday as USC athletic director Mike Bohn and UCLA athletic director Martin Jarmond spoke to Los Angeles health officials and encouraged that they could practice when Pac-12 is planning a return to the game, according to Jon Wilner San Jose Mercury News.
Their efforts came after Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced earlier Wednesday that the league was “welcoming” statements by the governors of California and Oregon, paving the way for contact. Scott also suggested that universities contact the local health authorities quickly.
“We want our student-athletes to have the opportunity to play this season, as soon as it is done safely and with the approval of the public health authorities,” Scott said.
If the Pac-12 takes the time to start training in time for the start of the football season in late October, it could restore a sense of normalcy on the 2020 college football platform after it first appeared that only three of the Power Five conferences I will play this fall.
The 14-team Big Ten matches eight regular-season games before hosting the conference title (and six other consolation games) on December 19. The Pac-12 has two fewer members and could fit in eight games if it starts on October 24 or seven games if it starts on October 31.