Big 12 commissioner on ACC, SEC: 'We're in it together’

Tanya Simon
August 13, 2020

Owen Fankhauser, a safety who joined the team in 2018, tweeted about the confusion Tuesday after learning the Big Ten Conference had postponed the college football season and all fall sports.

Several other leagues, including the Gulf South Conference, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and the Big South Conference, said they would not play this fall.

Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said that while "opinions vary regarding the best path forward", the league is comfortable moving ahead with fall sports, pointing to the safe environments the athletic departments can provide. "Athletics play an integral role in the student, alumni and fan experience at each of our institutions, and we were all hoping to allow the fall seasons to move forward".

"I just wish college football would play during the fall like we always have", he said. "We just embraced the spring", he said.

The recent postponement of the football season led to speculation that Ohio State might be able to schedule games in September that were not a part of the Big 10 schedule.

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"As for the Charleston Southern football ministry we have stated from the beginning that we have a desire to safely play football in the fall, if it is feasible", Denson said. The season is set to start on September 26.

The decision was made in consultation with the BIG EAST COVID-19 Task Force, an intra-conference medical advisory group that includes administrators, doctors, athletic trainers, student-athletes and national experts in global pandemics and infectious diseases.

A pair of former South Carolina Gamecock head coaches have come out strongly in favor of teams trying to play this fall.

Informed of the decision, Tanner stuck with the SEC line that other conferences' moves won't dictate what the league does.

When asked if it might be possible for nonconference games to be added to the schedule at a later date, potentially saving the Clemson-USC rivalry game, Tanner told SportsTalk that nothing would happen without the blessings of the SEC and ACC but did note the rapidly evolving nature of the situation and didn't shut down the possibility completely. We hadn't spent any time on it, none.

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