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Big 12 commissioner thinks there may be no sports in 2020-21 academic year if football season is cancelled

Less than ideal.

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As of today, three of the five power-five college football conferences plan to play football this fall with the ACC, Big 12 and SEC set to kick off in late September.

While the plan is to a play, a season is not guaranteed amid the ever-changing developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. If there is no season, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby believes that there may not be any sports in the academic year of 2020-21.

In a podcast interview with Chip Brown of, Bowlsby said football season if there is no Big 12 football, “it’s likely” there will not be any sports played for entire 2020-21 academic year.

This is based off the commissioner’s discussion with personal on the campuses of Big 12 programs.

While this may mean only the Big 12 would shutdown their winter and spring sports, it would be a massive blow to the college sports world.

Since March 12, college athletics have been on pause, meaning that spring athletes would miss a year and a half worth of action, and winter athletes would miss a full season after losing the 2020 NCAA Tournament as well.

However, it is far too early to jump to any conclusion on sports outside of football with college basketball and other winter sports not set to start until November and spring action still six months away.

For the full interview, see below.

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