Big Ten’s back, leaving the Pac-12 in awkward football limbo

Pac-12 nears return after health officials in California, Oregon green-light contact practice

Pac-12 athletic directors are targeting October 31 as the ideal start date for the delayed 2020 football season, sources told Jon Wilner of the Mercury News.

Wednesday's developments don't guarantee a return to the field in 2020, but the path toward playing a late-fall season is conceivably much more straightforward now that state officials in California and OR have given a green light.

The final state and local hurdle was cleared Thursday for Oregon State athletics when Benton County Health Department gave clearance for the school to resume practice and game competition.

If the CEO group does vote, it will be contingent on receiving the necessary go-aheads from local governments - notably, Santa Clara County and the city of Berkeley (home to Stanford and Cal, respectively) have not weighed in - and potentially other factors related to public health and the coronavirus pandemic, sources said. Although no official announcement has been made, many news outlets, including the Milwaukee Journal, are reporting the decision has been made. According to Wilner, the Trojans' Mike Bohn and the Bruins' Martin Jarmond received the county approval needed for their respective schools to begin full-contact practice. In California and OR, only limited al workouts are permitted under the states' COVID protocols.

Scott said Wednesday schools in OR and California will now contact their respective county health officials to determine the next steps before staging contact practices. "We cannot practice in groups larger than 12, we cannot gather as a team, and we cannot utilize any of our indoor facilities".

"I want to thank the players, the coaches for working along, and they wanted it very badly", Trump added.

The Big Ten's announcement served as a catalyst to get the others in motion.

After the Big Ten announced Wednesday its 2020 slate will begin on the weekend of October 24, several Pac-12 football players asked the conference and various governors to allow them to play this fall.

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Another key Pac-12 development transpired Wednesday afternoon, when Oregon Gov.

After all, if you're the Pac-12, can you really afford to be the only Power 5 school not playing in the fall? On Wednesday morning, representatives from the University of Oregon and Oregon State University met with members of the Oregon Health Authority to discuss the possibility of a return to play. "We have granted that request, and, under the new guidance, OHA must receive written plans for approval".

Still, there seemed to be significant roadblocks in California until the Pac-12 released its statement late Wednesday afternoon. The cohort guideline does not apply to games, only practice, according to a spokesperson from the California Health and Human Services Agency. They are even stricter than California's and might be harder to get lifted.

Conference officials must also consider the concerns of the #WeAreUnited movement that arose before the season was postponed. It was also proposed that teams hold 5-on-5 scrimmages, Wilner wrote.

Following that letter, some OR players, including receiver Mycah Pittman took to Twitter to plead their case.

Garbers, Cal's starting quarterback, posted a Tweet of his own.

On Wednesday, Arizona's football team, which already has clearance from its state health officials, wrote in a letter to Newsom: "We are appealing directly to you in support of our peers, hoping that you will once again hear our voices".

"We are simply not in the same situation", the player said. "PAC-12, you are the only one now".

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