Big 12 schools intend to open in fall, giving football hope

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Posted at 5:36 PM, May 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-06 18:40:59-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — All 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference expect their campuses to be open in the fall, a key step toward launching fall sports.

Conference commissioners have stressed to Vice President Mike Pence that college sports cannot return until campuses reopen.

The football season is slated to begin Aug. 29, though Big 12 schools don’t begin play until the following week.

Elsehwere, all but one of the 14 schools in the Southeastern Conference have indicated they plan to reopen their campuses for the fall semester.

That step is widely believed to be needed to resume football and other sports. South Carolina and Tennessee became the latest schools in the nation’s top football conference to announce their plans, joining Alabama, LSU and others.

Vanderbilt hasn’t announced its plans for the fall. Schools across the nation are largely closed through the summer because of the coronavirus pandemic.