The Mountain West Conference announced Thursday night that football games will start October 24 with each team expected to play eight regular season games ("subject to approval from state, county and local officials").
Because of all the changes, the NCAA also issued a statement on Thursday removing any bowl requirements for this season, meaning every team in college football would be eligible. "The availability of a reliable test that can be administered daily, with nearly immediate results, addresses one of the key concerns that was expressed by our medical advisory committee, as well as by student-athletes, coaches and others".
Approval from the state and local public health officials was the reason why the Pac-12 chose to restart sports, which will feature no fans at sporting events taking place on campus, according to the conference.
In all cases, competition with non-conference opponents will be contingent upon such non-conference opponents implementing minimum testing protocols in accordance with NCAA and Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee recommendations.
The Mountain West will not necessarily stick to the schedule it had before the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of football and fall sports. We are acting in the students' best interest.
The announcement does not come as a surprise as reports surfaced last week that the conference was "aggressively pursuing" having a football season.
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Right now, he said the cost of the rapid antigen testing will be absorbed by the Mountain West.
Also unclear is how the conference will proceed if one or more teams can not practice or play due to local restrictions or a COVID-19 outbreak.
No fans will be permitted at any sporting competition taking place on Pac-12 campuses.
College football players will get a PCR test at least once a week.
"We discussed that a couple of years ago when FOX started with their Big Noon eastern time kickoff", Mullens said. The plan is required to be approved before the team can begin practice, the county said.
"We are excited that our team has the opportunity to compete and play this fall", USU Head Coach Gary Andersen said Friday in a statement. The football championship game is set for December 18, putting the conference back in play for the biggest postseason games - and the multimillion dollar payouts that come with them.
In its statement, the Pac-12 said men's and women's basketball can start November 25, while other winter sports can begin in line with its respective NCAA seasons. We can't wait to compete.
Men's and women's basketball would also start on November 25, which is consistent with the return date set by the NCAA.