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Report: Pac-12 approves non-conference football games in 2020

When half your league can’t play, just change the rules!

Wide receiver Drake London of the USC Trojans attempts to leap over defensive back Lorenzo Burns of the Arizona Wildcats after a reception during the first half of the PAC-12 football game at Arizona Stadium on November 14, 2020 in Tucson, Arizona. The Trojans defeated the Wildcats 34-30. Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

According to Jon Wilner of the Pac-12 Hotline Newsletter, the Pac-12 has approved playing non-conference games during the 2020 season to help round out the schedule pocked by Covid-19 cancelations.

The Pac-12 is hurtling toward a significant policy reversal after the athletic directors agreed this week to allow non-conference games if a league matchup is canceled because of COVID-19 issues, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the discussions.

However, the change requires approval from the presidents and chancellors, who had previously banned non-conference games for the 2020 season.

The presidents discussed the issue on Tuesday, sources said, but it is not known whether a vote was taken.

The ability to play non-conference games would help fill vacancies if an odd number of teams are healthy enough to compete in a given week.

Because of Utah and Arizona State having so many outbreaks and cancelations, this would allow some of the top-tier teams in the league to schedule last-minute matchups with schools like BYU, Boise State, or others.

More on this story as it develops.