On Thursday, PAC-12 Commissioner Larry Scott summed up his expectations that the fall sports will occur on schedule, stressing the need to improve the trajectory COVID-19 spread.
“If we see a change in the trajectory of the spread of the virus and its effects pretty quickly, I think the situation is much more dangerous than it was a few weeks ago,” Scott said.
Speaking with Andy Katz from NCAA.com as part of its Social series NCAAScott touched on a number of issues related to the execution of fall sport schedule, especially concerning football. He stressed the importance of flexibility, and that a one-size-fits-all plan is likely not feasible in school-in schools.
One factor in this approach is the latest news in the night of Wednesday, when the University of southern California announced that it will be change of course his plan is for all students on campus for the fall semester. Now the school plans to transition to mostly online classes.
“We must continue to learn and understand what is happening to the last point, when we have to make a decision, one way or another, we try to take baby steps,” said Scott. “What we thought the story was a month ago, now very different … no one can predict what the fall will look like, in my opinion.”
Dr. Brian Hainline, chief physician of Texas, praised the process schools test and isolate student-athletes who are on campus for voluntary player training, but stressed that it was “easy.”
“Over time, as you begin to get more interactive-type of exercise, that’s when we’ll know even more if it works—and it is in terms of making sure local health infrastructure can support what is happening,” said Hainline. “Therefore, we must carefully treat it the same way.”
Although Scott repeated praise for schools and their treatment of players back to campus on a voluntary basis, he expressed concern over the extensive socialisation if schools open up campuses thousands of students after the school year begins.
“As we began to let the student-athletes back, the feedback I’m getting, where there are mini-spikes among teams, it’s not what happens in the training room … it is the socialization that occurs among young people who had returned to the dormitory, and are happy to see each other,” Scott said. “We have problems in society. Civil liberties We are accustomed in this country, we don’t have a culture of masks. I think that we have seen over the past few weeks gives us reason for concern that when the campuses are open, there may be real spikes and pressure on the health system. From my point of view, this is indeed a big risk for a sports College in the fall.”
Looking ahead, as Scott Hainline determined in the coming weeks, as the most important from the point of decision, point of view about if (and how) season of American football will be able to happen. Even Hainline said on 13 July as an important date as it marks the beginning of mandatory football practice on campus.
“We’ll go and you’ll be a few weeks in the preseason, I think we understand what is happening in the moment, we will be able to make some important decisions,” said Hainline. “So I think that this is a very important transition phase”.
Scott, however, were less inclined to specify a specific date, although it is recognized next week as critical.
“Can be decisions next week in some schools or some conferences do … I don’t know that there will be one date when in the world of University sports, or in the world of American football decides,” said Scott. “I think we can see some individual decisions will be made in the coming weeks. But I think in the coming few weeks that things will come into focus.”
What might happen if Pac-12 doesn’t play non-conference games – or doesn’t play football at all – and if California schools don’t reopen this fall? Here are 15 ideas for college football matches to fill in the blanks.
With the announcement by the California State University system that there might not be private classes in the fall, and with the University of California system likely to do the same, what happens if various schools decide to cancel all athletics and not have a college football season?
Or, what happens if Pac-12 finds a way for all members to play, but decides to go with an 11-game conference schedule instead? What happens to all the big matches against big teams on various boards?
Suddenly, several athletic departments across the country will scramble to fill the gaps – some are supposed to be looking to fill their schedules now.
Let’s play the role of section athletics director and matchmaker and produce the best game if there is no Pac-12 season of Pac-12 college football and / or if all California schools choose not to have athletics if they do all their classes on line.
Let’s start with a few big assumptions.
1 The idea that there will be no football if students don’t return to campus applies. If everyone really tries to overcome the problem, it is possible to test players, quarantine them at athletic facilities for several months, ask them to take online courses like everyone else, and then play in a limited way. However, it all seems impossible.
2 Other schools throughout the country will actually have students on campus and will play college football. That’s a big jump – it’s not just going to be a California school that puts crap on people’s classes in the fall. But let’s assume – for now – that it’s all system-going for everyone.
3 This assumes that there will be no Pac-12 football season, or there will be no matches without a conference. All 15 of the potential battles listed below exclude Pac-12 teams and also assume no Fresno State, San Diego State, and San Jose State. The last three are Mountain West schools at California State University System. UCLA and Cal are in the University of California system.
Got all that?
Basically, here are 15 potential ideas for a college football fight if Pac-12 and three California Mountain West schools end up not playing college football for the 2020 season.
Obviously not all this can happen considering Alabama, for example, only needs to fill in just one match on September 5. This is a possibility to play around.
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15. State of Ohio vs. Toledo (in Cleveland), September 12
Current Scheduled Games The State of Ohio in Washington, September 12 The State of San Diego in Toledo, September 12
Here’s the problem – Pac-12ers currently don’t have an interesting non-conference game on September 12 other than the date of the State of Ohio in Oregon. Houston will be available – there is no match against Washington State – and UNLV and Hawaii will play, but … well. Toledo is supposed to host the State of San Diego. Rocket and Buckeyes can meet in Cleveland to get good money for both parties.
14. State of North Dakota at TCU, September 5
Current Scheduled Games The state of North Dakota in Oregon, September 5 TCU at Cal, 5 September
The main problem here – and the NCAA might have to relax a bit if this is important when it comes to the suitability of the bowl – is that TCU will start the season with two matches against FCS schools. It will start against Bison, and then play Prairie View A&M.
13. Hawaii at Notre Dame, 28 November
Current Scheduled Games Hawaii in the State of San Diego, November 28 Notre Dame at USC, November 28
This is a no brainer. Notre Dame avoids road games – which might be important in a big way; more about that later on this list – and Hawaii has to fly a little further. The last two were played at the 2008 Hawaii Bowl – Ireland’s 49-21 victory – and it will be the fourth all-time meeting between the two. Notre Dame 3-0.
12. BYU at Texas Tech, September 19
Current Scheduled Games BYU at Arizona State, September 19 Arizona at Texas Tech, September 19
This is easy. BYU planes will fly a little further east to Lubbock, not Tempe. Texas Tech will be happy to take this deal with the Big 12 season which starts next week against Iowa State on the road. This will be the second all-time meeting between the two – BYU could finally take revenge for the defeat of 21-20 in 1940.
11. BYU at Penn State, 19 September
Current Scheduled Games BYU at Arizona State, September 19 State of San Jose at Penn State, September 19
This will be the fourth meeting between the two schools – the last being won by BYU 30-17 in 1992 – and it’s probably the most likely of the September 19 options for Penn State. BYU is supposed to play the road game, and Nittany Lions won’t be too interested in going on the road to play anyone. There will be battles for battles that might be other Penn State, like …
10. Texas Tech at Penn State, September 19
Current Scheduled Games Arizona at Texas Tech, September 19 State of San Jose at Penn State, September 19
No team wants to give up in a home match and later the concession must be given to the school that is traveling. Penn State will come from a trip to Virginia Tech and start the Big Ten season the following week against Northwestern – there’s no chance he wants to move to Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders will play at Alabama State the previous week, but must go to Iowa State to start the Big 12 season the following week.
This will be the second meeting between the two – Penn State won 24-23 to start the 1995 season.
9. BYU at Texas A&M, September 19
Current Scheduled Games BYU at Arizona State, September 19 Colorado at Texas A&M, September 19
BYU will be the most coveted team on September 19 because they only exchange road games for other road games. Texas A&M won’t want to travel, and this makes it easy.
Both teams were 2-2 against each other with the last meeting winning 41-37 Cougar at the Pigskin Classic to start the 1996 season.
8. Texas Tech at Texas A&M, September 19
Current Scheduled Games Arizona at Texas Tech, September 19 Colorado at Texas A&M, September 19
The politics to make this game run is almost impossible, but the fight will be very fun.
Two former Big 12 / Southwest Conference rivals first started playing in 1927 and last faced in 2011 – the Texas A&M 45-40 victory.
In a perfect world, the two meet in the middle and play at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, but 1) Texas A&M will play against Arkansas there the following week and 2) there is no chance the A&M will travel to Lubbock with three of the next four matches from College Station, and 3) Texas Tech might not want to give A&M home games.
7. State of North Dakota in Michigan, September 5
Current Scheduled Games The state of North Dakota in Oregon, September 5 Michigan in Washington, September 5
Realistically, this is the most likely of all possible North Dakota States on September 5. Not only does Michigan not have another match against the FCS team on schedule, but it can also swap street games in Washington for home games.
Of course, against FCS national champion Bison, be careful what you want.
6. TCU in Michigan, September 5
Current Scheduled Games TCU at Cal, 5 September Michigan in Washington, September 5
Which school is fun with road games? This will be the first meeting between the two schools, and Michigan will not have real beef traveling to Fort Worth considering it will play Ball State the following week. TCU has Prairie View A&M to follow, and then a week off – maybe it will be the person who travels.
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