Big South postpones fall sports over COVID-19 concerns

Ross Houston
August 14, 2020

Just minutes after, the Pac-12 made the decision to postpone their season as well. "Any time you're talking about the heart of anyone, but especially a young person, you have to be concerned".

That was exactly the case this afternoon as the ACC Presidents met once again to discuss the health ramifications of playing a football season in the fall with their team of expert doctors.

The No. 5 player we will miss watching most this year from the Big Ten and Pac-12 is Ohio State junior cornerback Shaun Wade. The season is set to start on September 26. How did we come to this, when it appeared all major conferences were on course to play games as scheduled this fall?

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said the conference will have "enhanced COVID-19 testing", which will include three tests per week. Additionally, return to play protocols after positive occurrences will include an EKG, troponin blood test, echocardiogram, and cardiac MRI.

Locksley said he's taken part in some discussions with other coaches and conference officials, and he supports the idea of playing one season in early 2021, giving athletes several months off to recover and fitting in the 2021 season in the same calendar year. In the week ahead of a non-game conference game, each team's opponent must adhere to coronavirus testing protocols that meet the Big 12's standards. "Ultimately, our student-athletes have indicated their desire to compete in the sports they love this season and it is up to all of us to deliver a safe, medically sound, and structured academic and athletic environment for accomplishing that outcome". "We'll continue to talk to each other with regularity".

Detail view of Big 12 logo as the Baylor Bears band plays on the field before Baylor plays the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Football Championship at AT&T Stadium on December 7, 2019 in Arlington, Texas.

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