Today was a brutal day for college football.
Both the Pac-12 and Big Ten announced they were postponing fall sports, which in all likelihood ended the 2020 football season for both conferences (they said they could play in the spring, but most experts view that as highly unlikely).
Yes, the coronavirus is clearly something that may prove to be too much for there to be football this fall, but deciding to end the season this soon feels like a bad decision. The coaches and athletes who give everything they have to this sport deserve to at least have hope for a few more weeks.
The good news is the SEC and ACC have given every indication they plan to press on and have a season. But to do so, the belief was they needed one more Power 5 conference to commit to having football this fall.
They just got that in the form of the Big 12, which reportedly plans to still have a fall football season.
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
SOURCES: The Big 12 presidents have decided to continue on to keep playing this season and are expected to have a revised schedule already in the works. @SoonerScoop was first to report the news.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 12, 2020
While it still remains to be seen if we’ll actually have college football this fall, this news will at least keep the hope of a season alive. Had the Big 12 bowed out like the Pac-12 and Big Ten, that may have been the final nail in the coffin for fall football.
Thankfully, some hope remains.