Pac-12 joins Big Ten in eliminating nonconference games


"The University of Houston will continue to work with the American Athletic Conference and its members to focus on the scheduling guidelines for all fall sports in 2020".

Like Hawaii, BYU now isn't scheduled to play its first game until October because its first four games, two against Big Ten teams and two more against Pac-12 teams, are now gone.

Traditionally, the pre-season games leading up to the conference play are against non-conference opponents and often include teams from across the country.

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

Scott stresses throughout the release that "health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority".

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The Big Ten announced Thursday it will eliminate all nonconference games in football and several other sports amid rising COVID-19 concerns.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five leagues to shift to an all-conference fall schedule as college sports faces a dramatically different landscape due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pac-12 athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics during the 2020-21 academic year because of safety concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their universities and will remain in good standing with their team. The move calls off more high-profile non-league games including a Week 1 contest between USC and Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Dallas. " makes it seem quite probable that the other conferences will follow suit, at a minimum. What that looks like is to be determined". BYU, another school that doesn't play in a conference, had three Pac-12 opponents on its schedule.

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. How long it takes for the Southeastern Conference, Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference to join them remains to be seen.

Voluntary workouts at WSU have been taking place since June 15 and the school was scheduled to begin mandatory athletic activities on Saturday, with fall camp opening approximately two weeks later on August 3 - one month before what would've been the season opener at Utah State.

"The health and safety of our student-athletes, staff and fans is paramount, and this move affords us the greatest level of flexibility to adapt and evolve in real time, in the midst of a very fluid situation, " Jarmond said.