It was the news we knew we’d likely hear, but it didn’t make us anymore prepared for it.
Pac-12 leaders voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone all sports through the end of the year, the conference announced.
“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”
Impacted Pac-12 student athletes will continue to have their scholarships guaranteed, but that doesn’t make the news much more comforting for student-athletes.
Oregon and Oregon State players took to social media to voice their reactions to the announcement.
This sucks for us players and fans everywhere. I feel your pain. Hopefully we can let this serve as a lesson to curb this virus in the coming months (which is easily possible) so we CAN have a spring season. This is a special team that’s only gonna come hungrier when it’s time 🤝— Bennett Williams (@bennettw04) August 11, 2020
We’ve had 8 months to get this pandemic under control, and it’s only gotten worse. Don’t blame conferences or universities for their decisions. If this handled better from day one, we would be playing football this fall.— Max Rosenthal (@max__rosie) August 10, 2020
😔 . . .— A13 (@anthonybrown_2) August 11, 2020
Play chess not checkers‼️💯— Jaydon Grant (@JaydonGrant) August 11, 2020
Wow 🤦🏾♂️ https://t.co/lXwcAWYBK1— Jordan Whittley 🦍😈 (@Thatjacka__) August 11, 2020
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Oregon State Coach Jonathan Smith shared a post on Twitter, expressing his disappointment for his players.
— Jonathan Smith (@Coach_Smith) August 11, 2020
Some players like Ducks cornerback Dontae Manning took a more optimistic approach to the decision.
More time to get in my bag. Simple— ².⁰ 𝙼𝙰𝙽𝙽𝙸𝙽𝙶 (@dontaemanning_8) August 11, 2020
Speak on it youngin https://t.co/Z97clz624o— Verone McKinley III (@vmckinley3) August 11, 2020
Others had jokes.
What would the Playoff even look like without the Big Ten and Pac-12?— RedditCFB (@RedditCFB) August 11, 2020
PAC 12: “We’re canceling the season”— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) August 11, 2020
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There are some positives right, everyone wins?
The Oregon Ducks will finish the year 2020 undefeated at 1-0, reigning Pac-12 and Rose Bowl Champions.— Alek Arend (@alekarend) August 11, 2020
Undefeated 2020 season congratulations to Oregon State football— Grant Patton (@grantpatt0n) August 11, 2020
Going to miss out on the best defense in Oregon football history— FQOregon (The Real QBU) (@FQDucks) August 11, 2020
Congratulations to Oregon ducks football. For the first time ever their preseason national championship came to fruition. Unfortunately they have to share it with the Huskies— Long Dong JonDon (@CastleberryJam) August 11, 2020
.........and literally everyone else.
.@oregonfootball is the only PAC-12 team to play & win a game in 2020. Hang the Natty banner.— Habitual Pot Stirrer (@SwooshMcDuck) August 11, 2020
*Oregon https://t.co/FVz4dsU2L9— Jordon Scott (@Fat_Mac34) August 11, 2020
The Pac-12 hopes to resume sport competition in spring 2021, but have not announced any specific plans.
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