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Will the Pac-12 Follow Suit?

September 15, 2020

RISK: (Noun) possibility of loss or injury : peril. 2 : someone or something that creates or suggests a hazard. 3a : the chance of loss or the perils to the subject matter of an insurance contract also : the degree of probability of such loss.

The Pac-12 took a huge risk when the conference decided to postpone the football (and all Fall sports) along with the Big-10. The two announced the decision closely together seemingly showing some unity in the matter. Speculation immediately turned to the Big-12, SEC and ACC wondering if they would follow suit. 

They did and have not. The ACC and Big-12 have started their seasons this past weekend and the SEC kicks off in two weekends. 

Meanwhile the B1G and Pac-12 have remained together by postponing. Or have they?

It is widely expected, and something I reported here on Sunday, the B1G is expected to move forward with a Fall season targeting a mid-to-late October start date. That will be close enough to keep them in the conversation with the other conferences currently playing. 

Now it goes without saying those conferences haven’t experienced some hurdles already. We’ve seen games postponed, changed, players missing from the lineup, hell Georgia Southern played without 33 players last weekend. It’s not as if the season has gone on without any hitches, but it has gone on. 

Amid pressure to reconsider, the B1G will reportedly (Confirmed by Univ. of Nebraska president Ted Carter) move forward with the season leaving the Pac-12 alone on the island. The one conference that couldn’t afford the risk, might have taken the most risk rushing to be first with the move. (Along with the B1G) Even though I am with all of you on the criticisms of Larry Scott he did get it right with expedited testing. A move that seemed to be a bigger breakthrough for basketball, than football. 

I love basketball like so many of you. But hoops doesn’t pay the universities bills like football. 

So why wasn’t there a bigger push to move forward with football? Why wasn’t there at least, well, a discussion about it.

It’s now being widely reported, following our report late Sunday night on the site, the Pac-12 is targeting a mid-November to late-November start date. And while that is the case, I can tell you those talks have been casual to-date at best. 

Even if, IF, IFFFFFFF, the Pac-12 did start in mid-November, its most aggressive start date currently, they are a month behind the B1G, which is already 2-4 weeks behind the other conferences. 

They are not waiting for the Pac-12 conference. They are not following the Pac-12 conferences lead. The one conference with the most to lose, couldn’t afford to be this far behind everyone else. This conference already has an identity crisis as it is. And that has already impacted recruiting on some levels. That will impact the conferences ability to hire and keep coaches that make this conference competitive. 

This is about the time I interject myself with, I understand player safety, I understand taking precautions, I understand I’m operating under the benefit of hindsight. But ‘Limo Larry’ makes the big bucks and when you do, you shoulder the responsibilty of making these decisions and the repercussions from good or bad decisions. It’s no different than a college coach being graded on wins/losses.

The time is now. Today. Tomorrow. Now. Every minute, hour, second the Pac-12 doesn’t get serious about moving up the season timeline is time lost. There will be pressure when this decision comes out (publicly) from the B1G later today/tonight. I expect Oregon and possibly others will start burning up the phone lines of Larry Scott and decision makers. 

Mark my words, this will put pressure on the conference to take this far more serious in the next 48-72 hours. The Pac-12 absolutely can not afford to be left alone on the island.

The question now becomes, will they?

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