Oregon Governor Kate Brown has granted the Beavers & Ducks an exemption from state sports restrictions (just like the pro teams in the state). According to Kate Brown’s spokesman Charles Boyle:
Breaking from Gov. Kate Brown's spokesman Charles Boyle: pic.twitter.com/crkLSPf6cJ— James Crepea (@JamesCrepea) September 16, 2020
While this is a step in the eventual return of Pac-12 football in the State of Oregon; the conference still needs to submit its plans for the season. Why the sudden change in attitude after it was announced that Oregon State would not have fall sports and athletics would not return until at least 2021? Well the latest domino to fall was the Big Ten’s decision to return; which was made official early this morning.
The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols and has voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020: https://t.co/b5yHShGb1D— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) September 16, 2020
Now that the SEC, Big 12, ACC and Big Ten have decided to play football this fall; it’s easy to feel like the Pac-12 conference is the only conference not playing. But that’s just not true. Most college football teams and conferences (Mountain West, Ivy League etc etc) have decided against playing football this fall. LA Times sports columnist feels strongly that the Pac-12 shouldn’t be playing football this fall:
Just because the Big 10 is playing football again doesn't mean the Pac-12 has to be suckered into following them..don't listen to the kids, ignore the parents, follow only the health officials..u might be the only ones not playing, but u'll also be the only ones not endangering.— Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) September 16, 2020
Who knows what this ultimately means for the Pac-12. I don’t know what the right answer is. I suspect the Pac-12 might return to conference play sooner than 2021; but I honestly have no idea what might happen. I would feel more confident if something other than Larry Scott was in charge during these unprecedented times, but here we are.