Big 12 Conference joins SEC and ACC, plans to play football this fall

by Peter Heck · Aug 12th, 2020 8:31 am

Last Updated Aug 12th, 2020 at 1:30 pm

The Big 12, the last remaining "Power Five" college conference to announce their intentions relative to playing fall sports, confirmed on Tuesday that they plan to move forward with the intent to play football as scheduled.

Citing ongoing health concerns tied to coronavirus spread, both the Big Ten and Pac 12 conferences announced the postponement of all fall sports. Both conferences mentioned their desire to play their football season in the spring, something that most analysts think is highly unlikely given the timing of the NFL combine and draft.

Meanwhile, both the ACC and SEC, in consultation with their own medical professionals, said their seasons were still on for the fall. Nick Saban, high-profile coach of the perennial powerhouse Alabama Crimson Tide has spoken out forcefully in favor of playing the schedule as planned, remarking that players are safer under the supervision of coaches and trainers than not.

Late Tuesday, the Big 12 college presidents, in conjunction with the league's Board of Directors and Athletic Directors, reportedly came to an agreement to continue their preparations for a 2020 fall season. A revised schedule for the conference is set to be released soon.

Currently, the SEC, ACC, Big 12, Sun Belt Conference, Conference USA, American Athletic Conference, and a handful of independent schools are moving forward with plans to play.


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