Pac-12 commissioner hoping to align football season with B1G for potential 'postseason opportunities'
Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott says he’s been in communication with B1G commissioner Kevin Warren, hoping the two leagues can align their football season moving forward. His hope is that it will create “postseason opportunities” between the two conferences.
On Thursday, Scott spoke with the media after the Pac-12 announced that it entered an agreement with Quidel Corporation to implement daily COVID-19 testing with student-athletes for all close-contact sports. It was a monumental announcement for the league, and Scott says it will likely allow the conference to return to competition sooner than expected.
However, it still seems unlikely that the Pac-12 would reverse course on its decision regarding fall sports, but it could reinstate the football season before January 1. And, at the very least, Scott is hoping to get some cooperation with Warren and the B1G.
“A high priority for the Pac-12 would be to align our seasons [with the B1G],” Scott said, according to Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic. “It would be awesome to have some sort of the tradition postseason opportunities the Pac-12 and B1G have enjoyed with each other.”
Larry Scott says he and Kevin Warren are speaking frequently. "A high priority for the Pac-12 would be to align our seasons … It would be awesome to have some of the traditional postseason opportunities the Pac-12 and Big Ten have enjoyed with each other."
..spring Rose Bowl!
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) September 3, 2020
Most notably, the Pac-12 and B1G have an agreement to play each season in the Rose Bowl, except in years when the Rose Bowl is the host of a College Football Playoff semifinal game. In other words, Scott is hoping to have a Rose Bowl Game in the spring, as well as potentially other “bowl games.”
The B1G has kicked around the idea of starting around Thanksgiving week, though a report from Dan Patrick indicated that the conference may still consider an Oct. 10 start date.
Currently the B1G and Pac-12 are the only two Power 5 leagues that have backed out of a fall football schedule.