Amid increasing concerns over the health and safety of campus communities during the coronavirus pandemic, the Pac-12 CEO Group announced that several sports, including football, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball, will schedule conference-only games for this fall. The group also elected to delay the start of mandatory athletic activities until it is feasible to commence return-to-play procedures.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott in a press release. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”
The Pac-12 is the second Power Five conference to announce conference-only games, after the Big Ten announced similar changes to its fall sports schedules Thursday. Details on these conference-only schedule changes are set to be released by the Pac-12 by July 31.
The conference also ensured that if any athlete chooses not to participate in their sport for the upcoming academic year, their university will continue to honor their scholarship.
Cal Athletics announced that the ticket office will schedule appointments with Cal fans and season ticket holders regarding 2020 Cal football season tickets.