Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Reports: Big 12 intends to play college football this fall as planned

Kansas head coach Les Miles, left, congratulates Kansas running back Pooka Williams, right, after a touchdown by Williams during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 41-31. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)

Kansas head coach Les Miles, left, congratulates Kansas running back Pooka Williams, right, after a touchdown by Williams during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Iowa State, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 41-31. (AP Photo/Matthew Putney)


Despite the decisions by the Big Ten and the Pac-12 to call off fall football, the Big 12 appears to be forging ahead toward a football season during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hours after two of college football’s Power Five conferences canceled their games for at least the remainder of 2020, Big 12 leadership decided Tuesday night over a teleconference to stay the course, according to tweets from several national sports reporters, including Sports Illustrated reporter Ross Dellenger.

Dellenger reported that before Big 12 presidents approved moving forward with a season, the conference’s athletic directors were briefed for 90 minutes by a medical panel. The debate that ensued, Dellenger reported, led to more protocols involving heart imaging tests for those who test positive for COVID-19.

Yahoo Sports reporter Pete Thamel said in a tweet that Big 12 leadership would be moving forward with a previously planned — but not yet announced — revised schedule.

The two other conferences in the Power Five, the SEC and the ACC, have both come out in favor of playing a fall season.

The Kansas football team is expected to open its season versus Southern Illinois, but not on the originally scheduled Aug. 29 date.

None by

None by Pete Thamel

None by Drew Davison

None by Ross Dellenger


Robert Brock 2 years, 1 month ago


Len Shaffer 2 years, 1 month ago

I've never been more ashamed and embarrassed to be a fan of the Big XII.

The Pac-12 and Bit 10 have it right, and anyone who doesn't see that is crazy.

Carter Patterson 2 years, 1 month ago

So everybody shares YOUR opinion or they're crazy? Nice. Enjoy your closet.

Karen Mansfield-Stewart 2 years, 1 month ago

Ashamed and embarrassed because the league wants to play football? Seems a bit of an overreaction; but we do live in a culture of over the top social media reactions and cancel culture, so I can see that.

Dane Pratt 2 years, 1 month ago

Still early. Won't be surprised if the BXII follows suit.

Phil Leister 2 years, 1 month ago

Give it up already. There is no way anyone is playing football this fall.

Ervin O'Neal 2 years, 1 month ago

So in March we couldn't have a college basketball tournament (even without fans). But in August we can have football games. I'm just asking what has changed since March that has impacted our thought process? We have no vaccine. The number of new cases (especially in the Midwest) is higher. We have more testing available. But do we need more athletic teams using up limited resources of testing with faster results? The MLB and NBA can't seem to go a week without new cases popping up despite all their resources and a much smaller group of people per team than college football.

Would there even be a true BCS champion with only three of the five power conferences participating? I love college football. But what is happening with the NCAA and it's student first priority?

This whole thing has become so political it is a shame. We have an election coming up and too many decisions being made based on giving the allusion that we have everything under control. I don't know what the right answer is. I just know the only thing to me that has really changed since March is our level of patience.

Armen Kurdian 2 years, 1 month ago

We have to stop living in fear. We need to go on living and stop strangling ourselves.

Charlie Gaughn 2 years, 1 month ago

That's the problem. We never did stop living. If you look at the countries that have gotten this under control, they had to resort to a total lockdown for several weeks. That was it. We sorta kinda had a suggested social distancing program that many states considered optional. Then once we started seeing limited success we decided to open everything back up.

There are 250,000 bikers gathered in Sturgis, SD while football is being cancelled. It's that kind of irresponsible disregard for this virus that will ultimately deprive us college football fans of our season.

Steven Haag 2 years, 1 month ago

ITS A VIRUS......LIKE THE FLU. Immunization doesn’t stop the flu and it won’t stop this. Latest numbers from the CDC has a death rate at 0.4%. WOW. Let’s shut the USA down. Suicide, overdoses, and pedophilia is up HUGE. Businesses are tanking, no jobs, depression, are at all time highs....but hey, that 0.4% rate is too high. What a bunch of wussies. How about you scaredy cats stay in the basement. When you come out in 6 months, the virus will still be alive and well. ITS A VIRUS. Herd immunity is the answer

Charlie Gaughn 2 years, 1 month ago

That's GENIUS, especially now that we're seeing that even very young people are having adverse heart, lung, kidney, and brain disorders that may never be corrected. It's impossible to quantify the long term health care cost but what the heck. Herd immunity is the answer!

James Hubin 2 years, 1 month ago

Herd immunity will require approx. 75% of US citizens to contract Covid. That will likely take 2-3 years and will lead to nearly a million unnecessary deaths.

2,977 people died during the 9/11 attacks and we went into a full blown war over in the sandbox. That many people are dying every other day and "it is what it is". Why aren't we mounting a battle against the virus like we would against a material enemy?

I have no fear of getting this virus myself, but myself and my kids haven't been able to visit my mom in over a year, because as a recent cancer survivor Covid could potentially put my mom in the hospital or worse.

Ervin O'Neal 2 years, 1 month ago

Attitudes like this are the reason the US has only 4% of the world's population but 22% of the deaths from Covid 19. We must be doing a great job! And using a CDC death rate of 0.4% when they have no way of backing that number up is ridiculous. And just to be clear, you would be okay with the deaths of 1.3 million Americans because you are a tough guy and we are all wussies.

It is simple math., 5.1 million confirmed cases have resulted in 165K deaths so far. That is 3.25%. So following your logic, once all 331 million Americans have had Covid 19, we will celebrate stopping the virus as we bury 11.3 million Americans.

Steven Haag 2 years, 1 month ago

@James. Not sure where you are getting your math. All deaths are “unnecessary” as you say. Based upon some of the posts, we need to get rid of all tobacco and alcohol and every fast food restaurant, as they cause unnecessary deaths. While we are at it, get rid of all junk food and sodas in the grocery store. Also, no more vehicles......too many unnecessary deaths in car wrecks......we all take risks every single day. The at risk need to take extra precaution. They will need to take extra precaution fir the next several years, no matter what we do.

@Charlie. As far as the total lockdown for the countries that “have it under control”, the governor of South Dakota would like you to hold her beer 🍺

James Hubin 2 years, 1 month ago

Steven, your gish gallop, strawman argument may sound great while drinkin' at the bar in South Dakota, but allowing yourself to be distracted from solving the Covid problem instead of choosing to ignore it would be much more productive while things are circling the toilet.

Lawrence is a party town with a large campus, near KC, it's not Sioux Falls and this virus spreads much easier then most others; most of the kids won't even know they have it, but some will have long term health issues as a result.

Everyone should be able to agree that we need to work toward solutions that allow for normal activities, while keeping all our citizens safe, if we can at least agree on that simple point, I think that would be more helpful for everyone in the country right now.

Charlie Gaughn 2 years, 1 month ago

Somewhat humorous how you make the comparison of fast food, tobacco, and alcohol to Covid 19. See Steven those are personal preferences that are not contagious to others. The last time I checked you couldn't smoke in public places and you can't walk down the street with a beer or drink in your hand. Yet requiring a mask in public places in close proximity to others I'm sure you feel is a violation of your constitutional rights.

I'm sure we'll just have to agree to disagree on this subject. It just seems unfortunate that the more people we have with your attitude, the LESS rights we'll have for a very long time.

Dirk Medema 2 years, 1 month ago

Research bioethicists like Dr Fauci’s wife. It’s the culling of the unproductive population. Not my idea, but one they have been promoting for the past century.

If you’re fat and smoke you dramatically increase your chance of dieing from CV. At least ten fold. If you stay inside out of the sunshine, you will decrease your vitamin D levels and increase your chance of dieing 100 fold. Vaccines are a 50/50 coin flip of effectiveness. They will tell you it needs to be renewed regularly (annually?) but likely won’t tell you about the health risk. Masks might also be 50% effective but no one really knows because there is no standard for how they’re made.

Hate on me all you want. These are just the facts of our day.

Steven Haag 2 years, 1 month ago

@Charlie. Personal preferences????? Yes, you are absolutely correct. I served in the military for 27 years while swearing to protect the Constitution, so I know a little bit about said Constitution. I have the personal preference to go outside......without a mask. You have the same personal preference to stay inside if you so desire. To force me to do so violates my rights as an American. Millions don’t have COVID, so why should they suffer and have to bunker in place. What’s the saying, “my body, my choice”.

I’m honored to be engaging in conversation with so many people with PHD’s. Talking all these long term effects, with ZERO proof.

James Hubin 2 years, 1 month ago

@Steven. I was born on a Army base in Stuttgart and spent 13 years on bases from Ft Riley to Heidelberg.

Everyone prefers to not wear a mask and everyone wants to go outside, you are presenting strawman argument. You are correct sir, it is your right to go into public spaces without wearing a mask, potentially putting others at risk, especially the immunocompromised and elderly. It is also the right of others to find such behavior extremely disrespectful, especially to immunocompromised or elderly individuals.

Some people find taking a knee during the National Anthem to be disrespectful. Some people find not wearing a mask in a crowded public space to be even more disrespectful.

Steven Haag 2 years, 1 month ago

@James. I can’t remember the last time I was in a crowded place. I don’t get out much. Don’t like crowds. If I did need to go to a crowded place, then yes, I would wear a mask. Everywhere I go, I can maintain social distancing. Should have mentioned that. Me personally, the kneeling during our great National Anthem is 1,000 times more disrespectful than not wearing a mask, but that’s just me. We sure do live in a diverse country these days.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.