Pac-12 joins Big Ten in canceling football season

The 2020 college football season is going up in flames. The Pac-12 announced it is canceling its fall football season, becoming the second Power 5 conference to take the measure as a safety precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Big Ten announced earlier Tuesday it was canceling its 2020 football season. “The health, safety and …

The 2020 college football season is going up in flames.

The Pac-12 announced it is canceling its fall football season, becoming the second Power 5 conference to take the measure as a safety precaution amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Big Ten announced earlier Tuesday it was canceling its 2020 football season.

“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”

The Pac-12 is postponing all sports competitions for the rest of the calendar year, which would impact non-conference basketball games.

Commissioners from the Power 5 conferences — which also includes the SEC, ACC and Big 12 — met Sunday to discuss whether college football should be played this fall.

Reports have indicated myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle being linked to COVID-19, is a factor in the conferences’ concern. ESPN reported at least five Big Ten athletes have been diagnosed with myocarditis.

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