Big Ten, Pac 12 Postpone Fall Sports


UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences won’t play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19. The decisions take two of college football’s five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic. The Big Ten is postponing all fall sports and hopes to make them up in the second semester. The Pac-12 is pausing all sports until Jan. 1, including basketball. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference are still moving forward with plans to conduct a football season.

UNDATED (AP) — And then there were three. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference were still moving forward with plans for a fall college football season. Two other Power Five leagues, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, have called things off. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey says he is comfortable with the 14-member conference’s approach. The ACC says it will continue to follow advice of medical advisers and health officials. The Big 12 Board of Directors was meeting late Tuesday.

UNDATED (AP) — Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is like a lot of college football players these days. He desperately wants to play his senior season, whether that happens this fall or next spring. With some conferences calling off fall sports, Thompson says his real fear is not of a lost fall but of a lost season entirely.

UNDATED (AP) — The looming collapse of the college football season is beginning to hit home for coaches who have scrambled to pull a season together through a pandemic. The Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five conferences to cancel their fall football seasons because of concerns about COVID-19. That left Indiana coach Tom Allen heartbroken for his players, and Kansas State coach Chris Klieman wondering what is next. The Big Ten says it hopes to play football in the spring. The Pac-12 pushed everything back, including winter sports, to at least Jan. 1.

UNDATED (AP) — A total of 935 Division I football games have been canceled or postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. According to Associated Press research, 465 Football Bowl Subdivision games are off. That number is 544 for the Football Championship Subdivision. Included in those numbers are 74 matchups between FBS and FCS teams. A total of 609 Division II games are off. The number is 1,049 in Division III.


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