A 2020 season could still be a possibility for Washington football and the rest of the Pac-12
It looks like Washington football’s hopes of a 2020 campaign might not be dead after all! With reports swirling that a Big 10 announcement about a possible football season start date is imminent, the Pac-12 needs to kick it into gear. According to multiple reports, talks are starting to heat up about starting sooner than January. The “most aggressive” plans, according to the original report by ESPN’s Heather Dinich, include a mid-November start date.
This all comes on the heels of the Pac-12’s announced partnership with the Quidel Corporation, which is a manufacturer of FDA-approved COVID-19 tests. Quidel is delivering machines to help conduct their inexpensive, rapid result tests by the end of September to all Pac-12 schools.
The Pac-12 and Big 10 plans will probably be intertwined, even though it feels like the Big 10 is much further along in their talks to resume a season. It’s very possible that the Big 10 is trying to align their plans so that they can be involved in the postseason with the rest of the college football world in some capacity.
If the Big 10 does find a way to make a season happen on such short notice, the Pac-12 will have no choice but to speed up and get a season started or get left behind. The conference already gets shorted with late games, not getting national attention, and the other abundance of factors that have been mishandled thanks to commissioner Larry Scott, and this could be the final nail in the coffin if all the other Power 5 schools are playing football and the Pac-12 sits idly by.
If Scott doesn’t do everything in his power to make sure a season happens, talks among the university presidents and athletic directors should start to swirl about replacing him. This is going to be a huge decision for the future of the conference.