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Pac-12 to only play conference games in 2020

First reported by The Athletic, the Conference of Champions will not play out of the league this season

Head coach Clay Helton of the USC Trojans kisses celebrates after defeating the UCLA Bruins 52-35 during a a NCAA football game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Saturday, November 23, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

Update 7:06 p.m.: The Pac-12 Conference makes it official: All fall sports will only play intraconference games.

SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 CEO Group announced today that the fall season for several Pac-12 sports, including football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, would schedule Conference-only games, and that it is delaying the start of mandatory athletic activities, until a series of health and safety indicators, which have recently trended in a negative direction, provided sufficient positive data to enable a move to a second phase of return-to-play activities. The CEO Group made clear that it hopes to play football and all other fall sports provided that it can meet the health and safety needs of its student-athletes and obtain appropriate permissions from state and local health authorities. Today’s decision will result in the start dates for the impacted sports being delayed. The decision is effective immediately across all Pac-12 member universities and was made following a meeting of the Pac-12 CEO Group earlier today.

“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. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”

“Competitive sports are an integral part of the educational experience for our student-athletes, and we will do everything that we can to support them in achieving their dreams while at the same time ensuring that their health and safety is at the forefront,” said Michael Schill, Pac-12 CEO Group Chair and President of the University of Oregon.

Pac-12 student-athletes who choose not to participate in intercollegiate athletics during the coming academic year because of safety concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarships honored by their university and will remain in good standing with their team.

The Pac-12 has developed a series of potential fall sport scheduling models including Conference-only schedules and delayed season starts. Details on Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31.

More news out of college football today, as Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reports that the Pac-12 will only play conference games in 2020.

If this happens, expect the rest of the Power Five to fall in line quickly thereafter.

Here’s a list of potentially cancelled non-conference games from the Pac-12. 13 of them are against Mountain West Conference opponents.

Arizona

08/29 - Hawaii
09/05 - Portland State
09/19 - at Texas Tech

Arizona State

09/03 - Northern Arizona
09/12 - at UNLV
09/19 - BYU

Cal

08/29 - at UNLV
09/05 - TCU
09/12 - Cal Poly

Colorado

09/05 - at Colorado State
09/12 - Fresno State
09/19 - at Texas A&M

Oregon

09/05 - North Dakota State
09/12 - Ohio State
09/19 - Hawaii

Oregon State

09/03 - at Oklahoma State
09/12 - Colorado State
09/19 - Portland State

Stanford

09/05 - William & Mary
10/10 - at Notre Dame
11/28 - BYU

UCLA

08/29 - New Mexico State
09/05 - at Hawaii
09/19 - at San Diego State

USC

09/05 - vs Alabama (Jerry World in Arlington)
09/12 - New Mexico
11/28 - Notre Dame

Utah

09/03 - BYU
09/12 - Montana State
09/19 - at Wyoming

Washington

09/05 - Michigan
09/12 - Sacramento State
09/19 - Utah State

Washington State

09/03 - at Utah State
09/12 - Houston
09/19 - Idaho