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Haws' 42 leads BYU past Virginia Tech 97-71

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Haws' 42 leads BYU past Virginia Tech 97-71

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Tyler Haws scored a career-high 42 points, including six 3-pointers, and Brigham Young routed Virginia Tech 97-71 Saturday in the Cougars' final warm-up before West Coast Conference play begins next week.

Haws had a chance to tie a school record the last time BYU played at the Utah Jazz arena in Salt Lake City after opening the season with six straight 20-point games. But the sophomore guard fell two points short in a blowout victory over Montana on Nov. 28.

On Saturday, he more than made up for that.

He had 29 points by halftime after opening 9 of 13, including 6 of 8 from beyond the arc.

By then the Cougars (10-4) were leading 56-31 against a Hokies team that has dropped its last two by a combined 62 points.

Erick Green, the nation's leading scorer, finished with 12 points on 4 of 17 shooting for Virginia Tech (9-4).

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren says there was 'too much uncertainty' to have a fall season

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren says there was 'too much uncertainty' to have a fall season

Less than a week ago, the Big Ten Conference released a 2020 conference-only football schedule. Though there were no guarantees it would be played amid the coronavirus pandemic, it seemed like a positive step for college athletics.

Fast forward to Tuesday, and the Big Ten announced that the fall sports season would be no more. What caused the quick departure? According to commissioner Kevin Warren, it wasn't additional facts about COVID-19 and its impact, but rather the lack of them.

“There’s too much uncertainty," Warren said on Tuesday during an interview on the Big Ten Network. "We have a lot of uncertainty going on now.”

The coronavirus has been in the United States for several months now, but much is still unknown about its effects on the human body and society. While the Big Ten had been working diligently to provide its players and staff with testing and up-to-date protocols, not every possible outcome could be covered.

As Warren explained it, for each question that is answered in relation to COVID-19, a new one pops up. As the pandemic continues on, professionals continue to learn more about how it acts and what impact it can have both short and long term.

An example of that would be Myocarditis –– or the inflammation of the heart muscle -- which has been found in several college athletes and linked to the coronavirus. Not initially considered to be a factor of the virus, it's now become a major concern for the Big Ten and other conferences.

That's just one aspect of the unknown Warren and others are dealing with. Taking a step back and looking at the whole picture, Warren also noted that the COVID-19 questions go beyond the field. It's a problem the entire world is dealing with.

“It’s not only in the Big Ten. I think just across the country and in the world there is so much uncertainty about this virus," Warren said.

In the end, while Warren feels the conference has done a solid job of protecting players during workouts in the summer, there was still too much to be learned before he and others could feel comfortable resuming collegiate sports.

Now, with hopes to resume in the spring, Warren and other Big Ten officials will head out in search of the answers that will eliminate the unknown of the virus. Just like how society strives to return to normal, continuing to learn will be the only way to make it possible.

“We’ll gather information, prepare, plan and create an environment that our students-athletes will be able to participate in when it’s safe and there’s less uncertainty," Warren said. 

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Pac-12 cancels all sports for calendar year amid coronavirus pandemic

Pac-12 cancels all sports for calendar year amid coronavirus pandemic

The Pac-12 conference has announced that it will not have a fall sports season and will delay all sports for the rest of the calendar year. The decision, which was expected, became official on Tuesday.

As of now, the conference will re-evaluate the standing for all sports after January 1, 2021.

“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,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said.  “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.”

“All of the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors understand the importance of this decision, and the disappointment it will create for our student-athletes, the coaches, support staff and all of our fans,” Michael H. Schill, president of the University of Oregon, said. “Ultimately, our decision was guided by science and a deep commitment to the health and welfare of student-athletes. We certainly hope that the Pac-12 will be able to return to competition in the New Year.”

The decision came shortly after the Big Ten Conference decided to cancel its fall campaign. As of now, the Big Ten is hoping to potentially play in the spring.

Prior to the Pac-12 officially postponing the season, there were already legitimate questions if sports would be played at all in the fall. Citing health concerns and racial injustice issues, football players throughout the conference had come together and threatened to opt out of the 2020 season if the Pac-12 did not meet certain demands for improvement in different areas.

With two Power 5 conferences bowing out of the fall campaign, the fate of the college football season rests largely on the shoulders of the Big 12, SEC and ACC. All conferences are continuously meeting to come to a decision. A report on Monday stated that the ACC is set on playing the season.

There are still numerous players, coaches and powerful voices that want to see football in the coming months. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence helped propel the #WeWantToPlay movement on social media which featured Power 5 athletes asking for sports to continue with increased protocols, guaranteed eligibility and more. President Donald Trump tweeted his support for the movement.

Even with some wanting to move forward, the risk of playing through the pandemic may outweigh the reward. Besides the initial fear of infection and contact, underlying issues connected to the coronavirus that has been found in college athletes have programs and administrators concerned about the long term impact of the virus.

For now, it's unknown who exactly could be taking the field in the fall, But what is known is that the Pac-12 is joining the Big Ten on the sidelines. 

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