Well, that didn’t take long.
Yesterday, the Big Ten announced that they would play conference games only this season. It was reported that the Pac 12 would follow suit, but Alabama AD Greg Byrne maintained that he had been in contact with USC counterpart Mike Bohn, and the two schools still planned on playing the game.
That will not be the case.
The Pac-12 announced Friday that it will play a conference-only schedule in fall 2020 for several sports, including football, men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball https://t.co/E8yFx6zRbE— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) July 10, 2020
This would obviously mean that Alabama’s scheduled season opener against USC is canceled, and Cecil Hurt confirmed it.
Sources close to the Alabama football program are expecting a cancellation of the Crimson Tide’s September 5 game versus USC, The News has learned.— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) July 10, 2020
We will see what the SEC ADs come up with at their super secret meeting on Monday. .
Will they also play conference games only, or might they try and partner with the ACC, Big 12, or both in order to preserve some rivalries and reduce travel in filling out a schedule? Brett McMurphy indicated yesterday that the ACC is preparing to play conference only as well, but that would make little sense when four in-state rivalries are ACC vs. SEC. LSU is also scheduled to host Texas on September 12, a seemingly doable game if any of them are.
Oh well, back to the drawing board. We’ll see what they come up with.