Pac-12 announces resumption of football, basketball


SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 17: A PAC-12 logo is seen during the PAC-12 Men’s Basketball Media Day on October 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

(NewsNation Now) — The Pac-12 Conference announced Thursday it will resume its football, basketball and winter sport seasons.

“The Pac-12 CEO Group announced today that based upon updated Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee recommendations that take into account material changes to testing capabilities, the prevalence of COVID-19 and cardiac issues, along with updated state and local health official guidance, the Conference will resume its football, basketball and winter sport seasons,” the conference said in a statement.

The announcement is a reversal from a decision in August to postpone until spring because of concerns about COVID-19.

“The football season may now commence for those teams that have the necessary state and local health approvals on November 6, men’s and women’s basketball on November 25 consistent with the NCAA’s official start date for these sports, and other winter sports consistent with the NCAA season dates for those sports,” according to the statement.

Earlier this month, sources confirmed that football practice for the Big Ten would likely start within weeks with games starting around Oct. 17.

That season would include eight games, with the top teams in each division playing each other for the Big Ten Championship, the source said.

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

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