Despite decisions made in recent days by the Big Ten and the Pac-12 to cancel their fall sports seasons, the Big 12 announced on Wednesday that they plan to proceed with theirs.
According to a statement from the official website of the Big 12, the conference's board of directors came to an agreement Tuesday night and came up with a plan on how to go about holding various sports. September 1 marks the start date for these contests.
The official schedule for Big 12 football was released on Twitter following the announcement.
Members of Big 12 schools will undergo "enhanced" coronavirus testing by taking three tests per week if they play sports like football and soccer, where contact is more likely. As part of the enhanced testing process, anyone who tests positive will undergo thorough testing using blood tests, MRIs and more. If an out-of-conference school is set to play against a Big 12 school, they too must abide by conference rules for a week leading up to the game.
Big 12 Board of Directors Chairman Victor Boschini commented that the health of student-athletes remains the top priority and will guide all decision-making, and it is the "Board's collective opinion" that the conference can follow through on athletes' desires to play by creating a safe way to do so in concordance with health professionals.
"If at any point our scientists and doctors conclude that our institutions cannot provide a safe and appropriate environment for our participants, we will change course," Boschini added.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby also spoke on the matter.
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