With the Big Ten and Pac-12 being pretty forward about at least canceling non-conference football in 2020, it would seem the rest of the P5 leagues would get on board pretty quickly.
The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators remain the ACC’s top priority. As we continue to work on the best possible path forward for the return of competition, we will do so in a way that appropriately coincides with our universities’ academic missions. Over the last. few months, our conference has prepared numerous scenarios related to the fall athletics season. The league membership and our medical advisory group will make every effort to be as prepared as possible during these unprecedented times, and we anticipate a decision by our Board of Directors in late July.
At least one conference is on board with trying to continue to play. And with teams in states such as Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, and others that haven’t exactly been at the forefront of sheltering in place, it’s possibly more politically tenable in the south than it would be other places.
Is it possible the ACC and SEC think they can put together some inter-conference games last minute as the schedule is now disrupted? Dennis Dodd from CBS Sports seems to indicate that’s at least on the table.
Two leagues are, at best, playing conference opponents early. But the other three appear to still be in discussions. As with everything in 2020: It’s hurry up and wait for now.