The Pac-12 is meeting on Tuesday to discuss the foreseeable future of fall collegiate athletics for the 12 member universities. While we here at Pacific Takes are running an updated thread with all the major news on the subject, each of the individual universities are certainly set to take any impending news their own way.
After news broke yesterday that the Pac-12 is scheduled to meet on Tuesday with one goal in mind, to make a decision one way or another on the fall calendar, the news also broke that the Big Ten had cancelled their fall sports season. However, after a few contentious hours on social media, the Big Ten balked at the reports and have since said ‘they’re just now having discussions on what to do if their season got moved to spring.’
Seems like the Big Ten was living in their own world, or a world that thought the coronavirus would go away. Or, even worse, had made up their minds on cancelling the season, and the voice of athletes, coaches and athletic directors made them think twice.
The Pac-12 is at a crossroads now, and has the chance to actually be the first to do something. Fortunately for them, there is no real wrong or right, right now, in terms of cancelling or postponing the season. If they cancel it and move it to spring, safety and health protocols better be in place well before December/January. If they proceed to go forward with a later-start-date season, they better have those protocols set in place even before.
The decisions made AFTER the decision made in Tuesday’s meeting are far more important than the actual decision made on the season. And the Pac-12 can do it right and set a precedent in the meantime.
So, now, to the matter at hand — how is each of the individualized fan base for each of the 12 member schools in the Pac-12 handling the news? Let’s dish.