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Big 12 reportedly plans on moving forward with fall sports

The Big 12 is making things interesting.

According to multiple reports, the Big 12 presidents have decided to move forward with the conference’s fall sports season, not long after the Big-Ten and Pac-12 announced on Tuesday to postpone the season. A revised schedule is expected to be released sometime in the near future. was the first to report the news.

This is big news for several reasons, but none bigger than the fact that it keeps hopes alive for the fall football season. The SEC and ACC are expected to hold off on its respective decisions regarding the upcoming fall season and they will surely look to the Big 12 for some guidance.

If you somehow missed it, the Big Ten and Pac-12 made the decision to postpone all fall sports until the spring earlier Tuesday afternoon. The Pac-12 even went as far as to postpone ALL sports–basketball included— until at least 2021. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey made a statement not long after those decisions, saying that he is “comfortable” with how the SEC is approaching the upcoming season.

“I look forward to learning more about the factors that led the Big Ten and Pac-12 leadership to take these actions today,” Sankey said. “I remain comfortable with the thorough and deliberate approach that the SEC and our 14 members are taking to support a healthy environment for our student-athletes.

“We will continue to further refine our policies and protocols for a safe return to sports as we monitor developments around COVID-19 in a continued effort to support, educate and care for our student-athletes every day.”

For now, that’s two conferences out and one electing to stay in.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

19 Comments for Big 12 reportedly plans on moving forward with fall sports

  1. CJKAssassin123
    9:28 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    It looks like football will happen in the fall after all.

  2. ScoggDog
    9:35 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    No Zack – the SEC and ACC aren’t looking to the Big 12 for “guidance”. They’re looking at schools that they want to poach. They’re looking at schools to poach out of the Big 10.

    I don’t know why it’s so hard to understand – the SEC and ACC don’t really care if the Big 10 or Big 12 or PAC 12 play or not. One doesn’t drive the other.

    • PensacolaCat
      10:04 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Of course the SEC cares if the other conferences play or not. What a dumb comment. The SEC wants as many conferences to play as possible because it gives more legitimacy to the season as a whole. Regardless, this is great news and I’m hopeful for a season made up of 3 of the power conferences.

    • ScoggDog
      11:22 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      The SEC cares about as much as when they entered the CFA back in the day. You know – the media agreement that broke the NCAA monopoly on TV sports rights that lead to everything you see today regarding conference cable networks.

      By the way – the two conferences that didn’t enter the CFA ? Big 10 and Pac 8. Same as always.

      There is an opportunity here to monopolize eyes on the screen. The SEC and ACC understand this. The Big 10 and PAC 12 staying home reduces competition. As did the commissioner of the Big 10. Why do you think he wanted consensus so much ?

      Because the worst thing that can happen to him is all these booger eating sister humping Southern schools to play football – and survive.

    • PensacolaCat
      12:22 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      I’m with you. This is a great opportunity for the SEC to shine. But we need the other 2 conferences to play as well IMO.

  3. Lip Man 1
    10:44 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    God help the conference that sees the first player seriously ill or worse.

    And again to those that think the SEC will be able to poach teams, think again:

  4. ScoggDog
    11:26 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    You’re right, of course. Conference membership is for life.

    Except for Texas A&M and South Carolina and Missouri and Georgia Tech (used to be in the SEC) and Tulane and Arkansas and half the Big 12 that used to be the SWC and Nebraska and …

    Shall I go on ? Get it yet ?

  5. Lip Man 1
    11:51 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Scrogg: Did you read the story? Legally because of the TV contracts a team leaving would forfeit all their revenue share. With schools already millions in the hole do you think they’ll do that?

    Shall I go on? Get it yet?

    And this tonight from Christine Brennan USA Today:

    “Those three conferences need to answer this question: How many illnesses, hospitalizations and deaths will they accept to have their beloved football in the fall? Is there a number you’ll tolerate for your Saturday kickoffs? Does it reach double digits?

    And what about myocarditis, the inflammation of the heart muscle that has been detected in young athletes who had COVID-19? How many of those cases are acceptable? What about deaths of 18- to 23-year-olds caused by a damaged heart?”

    As I stated God help the conference that sees a kid seriously sick or killed because of this. The blow back and the lawsuits will be catastrophic.

    • UKFaninCO
      8:46 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Living in fear, is not life.

    • ukcamel
      10:02 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      I’m willing to bet $1000 that at the end of the year the overall health of the players that get to play is better than the players who were forced to sit at home.

      You are both presenting a false choice and overstating the dangers of Covid for young healthy people.

  6. ScoggDog
    12:02 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

    Since my better comment is “under moderation” – here’s the simpler version – the kids want to play. Who wants to be the one to tell them they can’t ?

    • Lip Man 1
      12:33 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Scogg: Easy answer… the adults in the room. And I don’t mean the football coaches. If it saves one kid’s potential life it’s worth waiting five friggin’ months. Five months…not five years, although if the idiots in this country refuse to listen to simple requests and if the vaccine trials don’t pan out, it could be five years.

      And one other thing, all those fans salivating to see UK football, with their schedule, “Be careful what you wish for…you may get it.”

      They’ve got talent but that schedule is murder and if some of their key players have to sit out because they got the virus that’s going to make things exponentially harder.

    • Corder
      2:01 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Everyone in college is an adult. Quit trying to force your views and ideas on others. You don’t want to come out of your house then don’t but the rest of us that love living life and ain’t scared of our own shadow will continue to do just that. Good luck in that bunker.

    • PensacolaCat
      8:08 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      Amen Corder. This idea that we have to sacrifice the entire society for one life is a bunch of bunk. Lipman can rot in his mother’s basement but the rest of us will continue enjoying life.

  7. UKinIN
    8:59 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

    The conferences aren’t talking about playing regardless of the consequences. I would imagine they believe they can isolate the teams and play safely and are moving forward based on that idea. If the number of cases rise, if players are hospitalized, if for no other reason than the fear of lawsuits, the conferences will shut down the reason. It looks to my uninformed eyes that the conferences are saying: we owe it to everyone to try.

    • UKinIN
      9:00 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      *season not reason. Leave my words alone, Siri!

    • Bluebird
      9:49 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      The conferences aren’t saying, “We owe it to everyone to try.” They’re saying, “We want money.” It’s the same reason kids are back on campuses at all: Colleges are afraid of the money they’d lose by going online-only.

    • Corder
      1:21 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      You don’t know that and can’t sit there and say that you know the reason for why they are doing what they are doing. I could say the same thing about the leadership of the pac 12 and big ten because they are looking out for them selves and not what’s best for those kids, their education and their futures in society that they have invested years into. Blanket statements like yours are the problem nowadays and are a lazy way of thinking.

    • Bluebird
      5:41 pm August 12, 2020 Permalink

      “Blanket statements like yours are the problem nowadays and are a lazy way of thinking.”

      Oof, the irony.