Pac-12 2020 football season approved, set to begin on Nov. 6
College football is back for the Pac-12.
The season will consist of six regular season games and conclude with the Pac-12 Championship Game on Dec. 19, per Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel. Thamel adds that in addition to that seventh game for those two teams playing in the title game, there will also be a seventh that weekend for all other schools.
The decision was made after a long-awaited Pac-12 CEO Group meeting on Thursday that included commissioner Larry Scott, as well as presidents and chancellors from across the conference.
“From the beginning of this crisis, our focus has been on following the science, data and counsel of our public health and infectious disease experts,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a press release.
“I want to thank the Pac-12 – both its leadership and other members – for taking the time to ensure our universities had protection protocols in place before moving forward with this important decision, and I am confident this plan to bring back fall sports can be successful,” University of Arizona president Robert Robbins said in a statement. “This step will provide a much-needed morale boost for the Arizona community and our fans around the nation, and it will give our student population an experience that many of them look forward to when they choose to attend the University of Arizona.”
Prior to Thursday’s announcement, Boulder County — where the University of Colorado resides — issued an order halting gatherings for college-aged residents including athletics, which means the Colorado Buffaloes won’t be able to practice for at least two weeks.
The Mercury News’ Jon Wilner reported that California health officials have committed to expanding cohorts in order to allow for football practices to take place.