Pac-12 joins move to conference-only play for fall sports

The Pac-12 Conference has followed the lead of its Power Five conference counterpart the Big Ten and moved “several” of its fall sports to conference-only play due to Covid-19. 

In a move that further shows the heightening pressure of US college sports is facing, the Pac-12 said some of its key fall sports, including football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball, will be played solely within the conference and the start of mandatory athletic activities will be delayed. The conference intends to still play football and all other fall sports “provided it can meet the health and safety needs of its student-athletes and obtain appropriate permissions from state and local health authorities.”

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority,” said Larry Scott, Pac-12 commissioner. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”

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