Pac-12 football proceeding with cautious optimism


Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham watches his defense during second-half action in the Utah-BYU football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.

Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham watches his defense during second-half action in the Utah-BYU football game at LaVell Edwards Stadium in Provo on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019. | Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Safety is the obvious priority during the coronavirus pandemic

SALT LAKE CITY — Although the Pac-12 Conference released its revamped football schedule Friday, the coronavirus pandemic has folks in the know proceeding with cautious optimism.

Training camps are expected to begin on or around Aug. 17, with the conference-only season kicking off Sept. 26. Each team has a designated bye week, and the league championship game will be played at a school site (Dec. 18 or 19), offering additional flexibility at season’s end.

Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott acknowledged that everything will be re-evaluated throughout the situation because of the pandemic. He said the conference is going into this with a lot of humility and a plan.

“We’re going to follow medical guidance along the way, but we’re going to have to monitor how things go,” Scott said. “It’s one of the reasons why building in flexibility to the schedule was so important.”

Scott explained that it’s a real possibility that there could be a COVID-19 outbreak within a team. If so, quarantining will require the rescheduling of a game.

“So basically we’ve got two opportunities for each team to potentially reschedule — or delay the start,” said Scott, who noted that not all markets currently have the same opportunities because of the virus.

When asked how confident he was that there would actually be a college football season, Scott answered that he did not know.

“I think we are all trying to take a step at a time. We are cautiously optimistic sitting here today,” Scott said. “There are elements outside our control that are going to have a lot of influence on …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

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