SAN FRANCISCO – The Group of CEOs Pac-12 voted unanimously to postpone all sports competitions until the end of the scheduled year 2020.
The decision was made after consulting with sports directors and with the Medical Advisory Committee Pac-12 COVID-19, who expressed concerns about moving forward with contact practice. . The Committee’s updated report and guidelines can be found here: Pac-12 COVID-19 Review of Returning to the Game – August 10, 2020 and a full list of Committee members have can be found here: Medical Advisory Committee Pac-12. The conference also announced that as conditions improve, it will consider returning to playing for affected sports after 1January 2021.
Student-athletes affected by the postponement will continue to secure their scholarship. Additionally, the Pac-12 Conference specifically encourages the NCAA to grant students who choose not to participate in the competition during this academic year an additional year of eligibility. As part of the guaranteed scholarship, they will continue to receive support from the university, including academic counseling and tutoring, among other support services.
“All Pac-12 presidents and prime ministers understand the importance of this decision and the frustration it will generate for students-athletes, coaches, support staff and all. Our fans, ”Michael H. Schill, president of the University of Oregon. “Ultimately, our decisions are guided by science and a deep commitment to the health and well-being of students and athletes. We certainly hope that Pac-12 will be able to return to play in the new year.
“The health, safety and well-being of our students-athletes and all those connected to the sports Pac-12 has been our number one priority since the onset of the current crisis. here, ”said Commissioner Pac-12, Larry Scott. “Our students-athletes, fans, staff and all who love college sports want to see this year’s season play out as originally planned and we know this is disappointing. how”.
Scott notes that while the Conference blueprint for keeping student-athletes safe is operating under the guidance of the Medical Advisory Committee Pac-12 COVID-19 and the local government’s order. and the state, the situation is becoming more challenging: “Unlike professional sports, college sports can’t function in a bubble,” he said. “Our sports programs are part of larger facilities in communities where, in many cases, the prevalence of COVID-19 is substantial. We will continue to monitor the situation and as conditions change, we will be ready to explore all the options for playing affected sports during the new calendar year. “
Scott added: “We know this is a tough day for our students-athletes, and our hearts are for them and their families. “We’ve made it clear that all of their scholarships will be guaranteed, and as a Conference we strongly encourage the NCAA to grant them an additional year of eligibility.”
Introduction to the Pac-12 Conference
The conference has traditionally been the “Conference of the Champions”, which has led the nation in the NCAA Championships for 54 over the past 60 years, with 529 NCAA team titles. The conference included 12 top US universities – University of Arizona, Arizona State University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), University of Colorado, University of Oregon, State University Oregon, Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of Utah, University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference programs, member organizations and Commissioner Larry Scott, visit Pac-12.com/conference.