The Big 12 university presidents are on board with having college football.
With college football on life support, the Big 12 university presidents have come through for us.
According to Carey Murdock and Eddie Radosevich of SoonerScoop, “Big 12 presidents will allow conference to move forward toward a season and a revised Big 12 schedule will be released after approval from AD’s during tonight’s meetings.” The Big 12 is now the third Power 5 conference to announce it will go forward and try to have a college football season. We still might get one!
The Big 12 has salvaged what was an awful Tuesday for college football.
Though the ACC and SEC announced their intentions to carry on, the Big Ten and the Pac-12 decided against playing college football this fall. Big Ten leadership has been crucified in the last week, while nobody is critiquing the Pac-12 because it was already terrible to begin with. It took courage for the Big 12 presidents to not be consumed by fear coming for the Big Ten and Pac-12.
Admittedly, there was a good bit of optimism heading into Tuesday night’s meetings among the Big 12 university presidents. Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports reported the university presidents were leaning towards having a season after getting better information from the medical professionals over the last day or so.
Though the Big Ten, the Pac-12, the MAC and the Mountain West won’t play college football, the Big 12 joins the ACC, the SEC, the AAC, Conference USA and the Sun Belt on trying to have a season. It’ll look weird with only three-fifths of the Division I conferences taking part in it, but what hasn’t been weird this year? For now, it’s a huge opportunity for these six conferences.
As for a revised schedule, the Big 12 may look to push their start dates back to late September like the ACC and the SEC are doing. It had initially adopted a nine-plus-one schedule with nine conference games and one non-conference with no internal stipulation like the ACC had by mandating a non-conference game be played in the home state of the team in question.
With six conferences on one side and four on the other, we could see more amendments to the six conferences who are going to play regarding their schedules. Though the Big 12 seems dead set on playing its annual slate of nine conference games, it’ll be interesting to see what the revised schedule looks like coming out of this Power 5 conference. This is the strangest year our of lives.
The Big 12 has kept the 2020 fall college football season in dream alive, and we thank them.