Good news for Portland NCAA basketball programs.
Oregon governor Kate Brown announced Wednesday that she has extended athletic exemptions to conduct full-contact practices to all Division 1 athletic programs in the state, not just Oregon and Oregon State like previously ruled.
“I am extending the Pac-12 exemption for college athletics to all Division I schools in Oregon because it is only fair to give Portland State University and the University of Portland the same opportunity that Oregon’s Pac-12 schools have had," wrote Brown Wednesday in a statement.
She did this after some outcry about how the Ducks and Beavers could conduct full-contact practicing but Portland and Portland State could not.
“If we get cleared for full contact, we will test every day,” Terry Porter, the former Trail Blazer who is the head coach of the Pilots, said on "Rip City Mornings." “We are testing once a week now. We are trying to keep them on campus and that’s where the safety part comes.
“They are not doing anything that we feel puts them in harm’s way.”
Per John Canzano of The Oregonian, University of Portland athletic director Scott Leykam reached out to Brown's office asking if the school could have games at the Chiles Center, or if the team would need to travel to Seattle to play.
“It was a Hail Mary,” Leykam told The Oregonian, “I was fully prepared to go to Seattle...
“It’s huge for our kids. You can only look ‘em in the eye so much and tell them, ‘It’s coming soon. It’s coming soon.’ I can look at them now and say we accomplished what we set out to do."
The NCAA Men's Basketball schedule begins on November 25th nationwide but Portland has no games scheduled until January 2nd against Pacific.
Portland State hosts Weber State on December 3rd to open the 2020-21 season.