Future of Big 12 football season? Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says 'it's too early' to decide
The Big 12 isn't ready to make a decision about fall sports, including football.
Athletic directors from the conference's schools met Tuesday in a regularly scheduled meeting. Afterward, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby told the Dallas Morning News that the league would continue to assess developments in the coronavirus pandemic before making any calls about fall sports.
"I believe it's too early to be making those decisions," Bowlsby told the Morning News. "Frankly, we haven't been advised to do that by our scientists and medical advisors.
"We've been advised to move forward slowly and constantly re-evaluate, and that's what we'll keep doing until we're told it's inadvisable."
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The Big 12's decision mirrors that of the Southeastern Conference. Its athletic directors met Monday and decided to wait until the end of July before making any moves related to football or any other fall sports.
The ACC has indicated a similar wait-and-see approach.
But already the Big Ten and Pac-12 have decided they will play conference-only football schedules. Those moves affected several Big 12 programs that had nonconference games scheduled against Big Ten and Pac-12 teams, including Oklahoma State. The Cowboys were slated to play Oregon State in their opener.
Bowlsby told the Morning News that there had been no formal discussions with the SEC or the ACC about working to fill holes left on Big 12 members' schedules.
”I think our schools individually will be out talking to people about filling out their schedule for 12 games,” Bowlsby said.