Pac-12, Utah Utes inching closer to playing football this season


California, Oregon officials clear path for its teams to practice during coronavirus pandemic

SALT LAKE CITY — A few weeks ago, Utah wide receiver Britain Covey shared a joke that was circulating among the players.

“Hell will be straight football practice with no game to look forward to,” Covey said.

At the time, the Pac-12 had yet to announce a partnership for rapid COVID-19 testing, leaving the conference on a path to continue postponing the season until at least January.

My, how things are now evolving.

Statements released by Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott on Wednesday prove it. They preceded and followed comments by governors from California (Gavin Newsom) and Oregon (Kate Brown) that are expected to allow Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, Stanford, UCLA and USC to practice when and if conference officials opt to start the football season sooner than projected.

Statement from Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott on positive developments from governors of California and Oregon:

— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) September 16, 2020

“The Pac-12 welcomes today’s statements by Governor Newsom of California and Governor Brown of Oregon that state public health officials will allow for contact practice and return to competition, and that there are no state restrictions on our ability to play sports in light of our adherence to strict health and safety protocols and stringent testing requirements, including our recent, announced partnership with Quidel, which will enable daily rapid results testing,” Scott said. “We appreciate Governor Newsom’s and Governor Brown’s support, the former of which is consistent with the very productive conversation that he and I had earlier today.

“Our California and Oregon universities will now each individually and immediately, reach out to their relevant county public health officials to seek clarification on what is required to achieve the same clearance to resume contact …read more

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News


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