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. SoonerScoop.com was the first to report the news.
Sources telling SoonerScoop's @CareyAMurdock and @Eddie_Rado 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.
— SoonerScoop.com (@SoonerScoop) August 12, 2020
Source: The Big 12 Presidents are wrapping up their call. The league is going to continue to pursue playing this season. A schedule, which was already prepared, will be released in the near future. This confirms what our @rivals friends at @SoonerScoop reported.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 12, 2020
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.