Donald Trump Pushes Pac-12 College Conference to Reopen Football

Southern California head coach Clay Helton center leads his players onto the field before the Holiday Bowl NCAA college football game against Iowa in San Diego. Helton is 40-22 in four full seasons

Commissioner Larry Scott, who has been relatively silent on the subject since announcing the "game-changer" agreement on COVID-19 testing, said on Thursday football could happen as early as late October. Open up. Open up, Pac-12.

Appearing on ESPN Sports Center, Scott said, "Getting the local county approvals as soon as possible would allow our student-athletes and our coaches to start what we think of as normal practice".

Kate Brown granted the Oregon Ducks and Oregon State Beavers, both Pac-12 schools, an exemption from state sports restrictions. "And then, the best-case scenario is six weeks of practice, training camp, and starting end of October, early November".

USC's and UCLA's athletic directors held a joint video call with Los Angeles County health officials later Wednesday evening and received the green light to resume on-field work pending the conference's approval, a source told Jon Wilner of the Mercury News.

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A source told ESPN's Heather Dinich that if California and OR schools gain clearance at a local level, it's possible the conference could kick off its 2020 season as soon as late October.

"The data presented by the Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee to the CEO Group was accurately sourced at the time", Dr. Kim Harmon, associate team physician at the University of Washington, said Thursday in a statement via the Pac-12 to The Oregonian/OregonLive.

Earlier Wednesday, it seemed uncertain California's health department would allow the state's four teams to conduct full-contact practices, even with Newsom saying "there's nothing in the state guidelines that denies the Pac-12 from having conference games". In September, the conference announced a testing partnership with biomedical giant Quidel, which would provide all schools with the rapid testing required for bringing football back.

The Pac-12, which last month said all fall sports were postponed until January, is softening its stance, prompted no doubt by the Big 10's announcement Wednesday that it was going to play football, after all. The cohort guideline does not apply to games, only practice, according to a spokesperson from the California Health and Human Services Agency. "PAC-12, you are the only one now". "We'll obviously have to decide soon, but I'm not necessarily expecting a decision [Friday]".

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