In a move that should surprise absolutely no one at this point it appears that the Power 5 conferences are increasingly likely to postpone fall sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic according to reports from ESPN, Sports Illustrated and several others.
The first domino fell Saturday when we learned that there would be no Mac-tion this fall as the Mid-American conference became the first FBS conference to punt on the 2020 season occurring this fall. Several FCS conferences, including the Big Sky, made a similar decision earlier this week.
The Big 10 appears to be the driving force behind the power 5’s potential decision as conference presidents met recently and pushed back full contact practices while reportedly considering postponement. The Pac 12 is scheduled to meet on Tuesday and could vote on whether or not to hold the season as scheduled. While several Pac 12 states are seemingly in a good position California and Arizona are currently hotspots with little end in sight.
While the details are obviously unclear at this point, it would seem likely that the season would be moved to the winter or spring as the financial impact of no football would be catastrophic for several schools. One unknown factor of a spring league would be how many draft eligible players decide to opt out and go to the draft instead. Some of the big names to watch for Oregon State would be Hamilcar Rashed and Jermar Jefferson.
This is an ever-changing situation and news could break the second I hit publish, so stay with Building The Dam for more.