by Riley Gates for Inside the Red Raiders
The 2020 college football season is going to look different as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. That much we know after the Big Ten and the Pac-12 both made the call to shift into a conference-only schedule this season. And according to a report on Thursday night, an altered schedule might be the case for the ACC as well.
Those moves are shifting the way that the 2020 season is going to be played and it looks like soon, that might be the way that every conference plays this year. But the Big 12 is currently holding out on making any decisions.
Texas Tech President Lawrence Schovanec spoke to the Austin American-Statesman and discussed the Big 12’s plan for the season moving forward. The conference is in no hurry to call off any games just yet and is just fine waiting two more weeks before making any decisions.
“We still have time,” Schovanec said, according to the American-Statesman. “So at what point do we have to make a decision? We haven’t gotten there yet. But I also think we recognize the fact that if we get to a go/no-go point will be prepared to act very quickly and pivot on a dime.”
Beginning in June, college football players made their way back to their respective campuses in order to start up voluntary in-person workouts once again. But because of some outside exposure to the coronavirus, multiple teams had to shut down their workouts on campus and wait until positive tests dropped.
If the 2020 college football season is to be played this year, schools know that their athletes will need to take extra caution in possibly contracting coronavirus, especially if students return to campus. Schovanec detailed that as well.
“We told those young men, ‘You’re going to have to show leadership in how you minimize their exposure to the virus,’” Schovanec said, according to the American-Statesman. “Based on my conversations with student leaders, I believe our students understand the situation we’re in. They want to get back to some type of normal. I remain encouraged that they’ll rise to the occasion.”
While the Big 12 has said it is in no hurry to make a decision on the season, that doesn’t mean that there isn’t a plan in place already. A report earlier in the week stated that the Big 12’s athletic directors currently have a, “plus one,” model on the table for their teams, where they would play the full nine-game conference schedule and then one nonconference game.
The Big 12 is among the three conferences — along with the ACC and SEC — that has yet to move to that conference-only schedule. As 247Sports’ Brandon Marcello reported on July 17, the three conferences are working to save the nonconference games this season.