The 2020 vote is shaping up to be a pivotal one that could drastically shape our future. Every vote is important. I’m not talking about the vote on Nov. 3, I’m talking about the vote today on whether the Pac-12 will play football this fall.
Hyperbole aside, it’s now or never for the conference. The SEC, ACC and Big 12 all decided that canceling was a bad idea (jury is still out on that one with all the postponements), but the Big Ten and Pac-12 took another path. The Big Ten switched gears and it is expected that the Pac-12 will do the same. What that Pac-12 football season looks like remains to be seen. We could see games start on Halloween, or we could wait a week and have the entire conference open the season on Nov. 7.
We should find out today.
Along with a football season, let’s hope the conference finds a way to hold volleyball and soccer seasons, as well as cross country—or social distance running, as it should be called this year.
The catalyst for today’s vote seems to be the emergence of antigen testing for the players. That, and the Big Ten’s decision, of course.
For us masochists on Twitter, it’s going to be a wild one. Jon Wilner, Bruce Feldman Pete Thamel and others will get a lot of eyeballs today, and you’ll likely see “SOURCES” tweeted often. Brace yourselves.
The Pac-12 commissioner seems to know his days are numbered. Just look at this coverage:
Greg Hansen: Bonus payouts show Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is wrong man for the job | Greg Hansen | tucson.com
The conference's latest black eye, a report that the commissioner paid bonuses two weeks before furloughing or laying off half the staff, makes you wonder what the league was thinking
Where is former conference commissioner Tom Hansen when we really need him? Issues & Answers - oregonlive.com
News and commentary about Division I college football with an emphasis on the state of Oregon.
Canzano: Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott could have been a hero -- but nope - oregonlive.com
Commissioner took bonus before laying off staff.
The Pac-12 Creates More Bad News For Itself
Report: Conference paid out around $4 million in bonuses
FOX football broadcaster Bruce Feldman sounds off on Pac-12 and more - oregonlive.com
FS1 and Fox broadcaster sounds off
Non-Larry Scott Links
Cross-country runner Andrew Cooper wants to dismantle NCAA - The Washington Post
Cross-country runner Andrew Cooper helped organize player rights movement in college football this summer and is focusing his work on systemic inequities in college sports.
Pac-12's fate will be determined Thursday at CEO meeting | The Spokesman-Review
Almost every sign points to some type of Pac-12 football taking place in 2020, but the conference’s CEO group, consisting of university presidents and chancellors, is expected to discuss the finer points of what a shortened fall season would look during a meeting on Thursday.