Big 12 Commissioner: Too early to make a call on fall sports

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Bob Bowlsby, the Commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, said Tuesday that the league is not yet ready to make any decisions regarding their fall sports calendar in regards to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

I believe it’s too early to be making those decisions,” Bowlsby said, via Chuck Carlton of the Dallas Morning News. “Frankly, we haven’t been advised to do that by our scientists and medical advisors. We’ve been advised to move forward slowly and constantly re-evaluate and that’s what we’ll keep doing until we’ve told it’s inadvisable.”

Bowlsby’s comments came after a meeting of the conference’s athletic directors on Tuesday.

Last week, the Big Ten Conference and the Pac-12 Conference both decided against playing non-conference games as a part of their football schedules this fall. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott also announced he had been diagnosed as having a positive case of COVID-19 himself. With Bowlsby’s comments, the Big 12 appears to be more in line with the SEC and ACC in how they’re currently approaching fall seasons. That stance essentially boils down to waiting until the end of the month and seeing what the landscape looks like at that point in time.

“We’re going to have to be patient and continue to read the tea leaves and see what the next two or three or four weeks bring us. If things get worse, that will inform one set of decisions. If things get better, that will inform another set of decisions,” Bowlsby said.

Meanwhile, the NFL is nearly the scheduled openings of training camps across the league without agreements in place about how they will proceed between the league and players’ association. They are scheduled to talk again on Wednesday.

2 responses to “Big 12 Commissioner: Too early to make a call on fall sports

  1. Are the students going to be back on campus in the fall? If not the college football season isn’t happening. Not saying they should or shouldn’t have in person classes but if they don’t you can’t possibly justify getting 85 scholarship athletes together to play a game.

  2. Hard to see how the Big 12 will function given the hot spots that have broken out in many of those states, but I get why the conference wants to wait until the last moment before pulling the plug on a critical revenue stream.

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