The final domino has officially fallen for the 2020 college football season.
COVID-19 continues to spread widely throughout the United States, creating both health and financial complexities surrounding college sports.
The season has already been disrupted from Division I teams electing for conference-only schedules to Division II and III schools cancelling fall sports championships. The Big Sky Conference is rumored to cancel fall football and the MAC became the first conference to cancel the 2020 football season.
On Tuesday, within minutes of the Big 10 announcing the cancellation of their fall sports, the Pac-12 followed suit.
Pac-12 has canceled fall football season, source told @Stadium. “We’re done,” source said. Official announcement at 4:30 p.m. ET— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 11, 2020
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The Pac-12 will hold a press conference at 1:30pm Tuesday.
#Pac12 officially postpones fall season. Commissioner Larry Scott calls it a "difficult day."— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 11, 2020
"We have made clear that all of their scholarships will be guaranteed, and that as a Conference we are strongly encouraging the NCAA to grant them an additional year of eligibility
Throughout this ‘what-if’ and planning season, both Oregon and Oregon State players were adamant about letting their voices be heard and using social media platforms to do just that through the Pac-12’s #WeAreUnited.
"We love the communities we compete for,” Oregon safety Jevon Holland said in a letter to The Players’ Tribune. “But, we are afraid of the potential ramifications of athletes playing sports before it is adequately safe enough to do so. Our deepest fear is the Pac-12's negligent return to play may result in a member of our Pac-12 family dying due to COVID-19.'"
According to ESPN, emails between leaders from the Pac-12 #WeAreUnited unity group and conference commissioner Larry Scott “show a stark divide regarding how the parties felt Thursday's initial meeting went in regard to the student group's concerns about the conference's return-to-play policies related to the coronavirus pandemic.”
Now, the players and coaches can continue to focus on their healthy and the safety of others with the ongoing pandemic.
Perhaps the season will be moved to the spring?
Reminder, the 2021 NFL Draft is set to take place April 29 - May 1, 2021 in Cleveland, Ohio.
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