Reports: Big 12 Season To Move Forward As Scheduled

Tuesday, August 11th 2020, 7:55 pm
By: Brieon Sumlin, CBS Sports

According to reports, Big 12 presidents have decided to allow the season to move forward as planned, following a meeting Tuesday to discuss the conference’s response to COVID-19.

The Big 12's presidents have decided to allow their conference to proceed toward playing the 2020 college football season this fall despite the Big Ten and Pac-12 canceling their 2020 seasons on Tuesday, multiple conference sources told CBS Sports on Tuesday night. League sources said earlier that the Big 12 was leaning in that direction prior to an evening conference call.

The Big 12 will announce its schedule -- consisting of nine conference games and one nonconference showdown -- on Wednesday morning with a start date of Sept. 26, the traditional Week 4, conference sources told CBS Sports. The SEC is also starting on that date, while the ACC aims to begin the week of Sept. 7.

On the Tuesday night call, Big 12 presidents heard from medical experts before going into executive session discuss new information they learned about COVID-19 and the ongoing pandemic. The Big 12 presidents were expected to be joined by league athletic directors for another conference call by the end of the evening, all on the topic of the viability of playing college football this fall.

"The mindset is it's too early [to cancel]," a Big 12 source told CBS Sports before the meetings. "Unless the medical folks flip the switch, [we'll go]."

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