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Big 12 releases schedule, will start season Sept. 26

Jerome Miron | USA Today Sports

Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Big 12 is pushing the chips in on college football this fall — for now.

The conference just announced it is proceeding with plans for the season, confirming last night’s report. They also released a schedule, a 9+1 model that includes one non-conference game and a September 26 start, the same as the SEC. Each team will have a minimum of two bye dates and potentially a third bye late in the season. The Dr Pepper Big 12 Championship Game is tentatively scheduled for December 12.

“The virus continues to evolve and medical professionals are learning more with each passing week,” said Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “Opinions vary regarding the best path forward, as we’ve seen throughout higher education and our society overall, but we are comfortable in our institutions’ ability to provide a structured training environment, rigorous testing and surveillance, hospital quality sanitation and mitigation practices that optimize the health and safety of our student-athletes. We believe all of this combines to create an ideal learning and training situation during this time of COVID-19. Ultimately, our student-athletes have indicated their desire to compete in the sports they love this season and it is up to all of us to deliver a safe, medically sound, and structured academic and athletic environment for accomplishing that outcome.”

“The Board continues to believe that the health and well-being of our student-athletes must guide all decisions” commented Board of Directors Chairman and TCU Chancellor Victor Boschini. “To that end the Board has consistently relied on the advice and counsel of top medical experts to determine the viability of available options. Our student-athletes want to compete, and it is the Board’s collective opinion that sports can be conducted safely and in concert with the best interests of their well-being. We remain vigilant in monitoring the trends and effects of COVID 19 as we learn more about the virus. If at any point our scientists and doctors conclude that our institutions cannot provide a safe and appropriate environment for our participants, we will change course.”

The conference also announced enhanced COVID-19 protocols that includes three tests per week in “high contact” sports, like Football, Volleyball and Soccer. Additionally, return to play protocols after positive occurrences will include an EKG, troponin blood test, echocardiogram, and cardiac MRI. Non-conference football opponents must also adhere to COVID-19 testing protocols that conform to Big 12 standards during the week leading up to competition.

Fingers crossed.

[Big 12]

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5 Comments for Big 12 releases schedule, will start season Sept. 26



  1. michaelb
    11:48 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Hell yea ! If anyone decides to play means the sec will too. The sec will not be outdone by anyone lol



  2. FinnaGoHAM
    12:01 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    September 26 is the start of the conference season. Any non-conference games must be played prior to that date and will be announced by the individual schools.



  3. Megan
    12:06 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Well, good luck with that decision, Big 12. I like how the conference slyly avoids any responsibility for their actions. “If anything does go wrong, don’t blame us. We’re listening to the doctors. You have to blame the players for being teenagers and not showing discipline. They’re the ones who wanted to play.”



    • Corder
      1:24 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      These teenagers you speak of are adults. Quit throwing out this idea that college students are little kids and are not able to make decisions on their own like most of us adults do every day. Just becasue



  4. Corder
    1:27 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

    You don’t like what they are doing doesn’t mean that it’s the wrong thing. These colleges have gone above and beyond making their campuses safe for these students. Is it such a crazy idea to ask these customers of your university be responsible for themselves just like you can’t blame Kroger when you go in there to shop and possibly get sick. I know responsibility isn’t a big thing for people nowadays and everyone is quick to blame others instead of owning up to their decisions but being an adult in this world means making choices and living with those choices and consequences wether they are good or bad.