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Pac-12 drops nonconference football games this fall

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Pac-12 to play only conference games in 2020

The Pac-12 CEO Group announced Friday that the fall season for several Pac-12 sports, which includes football, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball would schedule conference only games.

This news is a punch in the gut for sports fans who were holding out some hope that the fall season wouldn't be affected by the virus. That game had been eliminated by the Big Ten's action on Thursday. Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31.

The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Right now, UW is scheduled to open Pac-12 play at OR on October 3.

"The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority", said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

The Ivy League announced Wednesday that it will not hold sports during the fall semester, becoming the first Division I conference to suspend its football season this year.

The SEC will discuss its options during a meeting Monday with athletic directors and league officials that was scheduled before the Big Ten's decision. No other decisions have been made by major conferences.

Paul Finebaum had some harsh comments for all power 5 conferences on ESPN's Get Up. Based on these decisions, and the speculation around California State University system's decision and how it affects California college athletics, the Mountain West could be one of the next conferences to announce a change to its schedule structure for the 2020 season. "You'd be better off giving the spring a try and craft a conference-only spring schedule which can be contested in less time, less travel, etc".

Non-Power Five schools will collectively lose at least $110 million - possibly up to $150 million - in revenue from guaranteed payments by Power Five schools in a conference-only model, according to Patrick Rishe, director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis. Additionally, the conference is considering plans to work Notre Dame into their scheduling if they decide to take that route. The clock is now ticking to see how the Big 12, SEC, and ACC respond. However, the league has a model worked out in case they decide to head down the Big 10 route.

"We may not have a college football season in the Big Ten", Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said on Thursday during an appearance on the Big Ten Network.

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