The Pac-12 executive group did not vote on a plan for how to start its football season during a meeting on Friday afternoon, but instead said it would decide on the matter on Thursday.
Although no vote was expected, it was not completely ruled out before the meeting. The group, which includes a president or chancellor from each of the conference’s 12 universities, serves as the decision-maker for the conference.
“The Pac-12 Executive Board held an informational and productive meeting earlier today,” the group said in a statement. “We plan to meet again this coming Thursday, September 24, to decide on a possible return to play before January 1. The health and safety of our student-athletes and all Pac-12-related sports will continue to be our number one priority in all our decisions. “
Following the decision of the Big Ten to start its season in October, Pac-12 has made significant progress in the last three days to play this fall. In August, hours after the Big Ten decided to postpone fall sports, the Pac-12 followed suit, delaying all fall sports until at least January 1st.
On Wednesday, governors of both California and Oregon said there would be no state-level restrictions to prevent the Pac-12 from having a season. There are still local restrictions, mainly affecting Stanford and California, but there is a strong belief, sources say, that local government obstacles can be removed in the coming days.
There was a belief around the conference that teams would have to wait for Quidel’s rapid tests to work in early October before the internship began, but there was growing optimism that teams could increase training before then and start padded internships once available. tests, sources said. If that happens, it will give the Pac-12 a chance to open the season in late October; however, the November 7 target is seen as a more realistic option, sources said.
The hope for the Pac-12 is that it can start its season early enough to allow it to be part of a larger college football season and qualify for college football.