If the Big Ten plays this fall and reinserts itself into College Football Playoff consideration, it’s looking like the Pac-12 won’t be joining them.
According to a report from ESPN’s Heather Dinich, the Pac-12’sÂ “most aggressive” return plan won’t have athletes returning to action until mid-to-late November, even despite a new testing initiative commissioner Larry Scott says called a “game-changer.”
The new tests can deliver results in as early as 15 minutes, Scott said, but that can only do so much to expedite the conference’s return asÂ local ordinances in the area still prohibit organized team activities.
Public health officials in the states of California and Oregon still have not cleared schoolsÂ to resume contact practices âÂ much less games âÂ andÂ the league’s presidents and chancellors wouldn’t consider a vote to return until that status changes, according to Dinich.
Scott said last week he wasÂ “hopeful” the conference wouldÂ be able to return to playÂ before the initial Jan. 1Â postponement date, but saidÂ the Pac-12Â will need six weeks of prep time before beginning the football season.
If the Pac-12Â is unable to return until November and the Big Ten moves ahead with a plan to resume earlier in October, that eliminates any chance of the conference aligning their plans, as Scott had hoped.
It also means the Pac-12 would be the only Power Five conference not competing for the College Football Playoff this season.
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