Pac-12 opts to hold conference-only season

The Pac-12 announced Friday that it will hold a conference-only football season in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision was reached Friday afternoon when the conference’s CEO Group discussed the options during a conference call.The move comes one day after the Big Ten announced it will hold a conference-only football season due to the pandemic.Also, the Pac-12 said men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will have conference-only games in the fall.”The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority,” Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said in a news release. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”The Athletic reported that Pac-12 presidents were pushing for the conference to be a leader in the response to the COVID-19 outbreak.The Athletic also reported that there was heavy frustration after the Big Ten’s announcement on Thursday. Apparently, there was a belief that the five power conferences leagues would announce such decisions together.