The Pac-12 is canceling fall sports, including men’s and women’s soccer, the conference announced on Tuesday afternoon. The announcement was expected after Big Ten announced the same earlier in the day.
“The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the press release. “Our student-athletes, fans, staff and all those who love college sports would like to have seen the season played this calendar year as originally planned, and we know how disappointing this is.”
Sports Illustrated reported over the weekend that the leaders from the Power 5 conference were all leaning toward canceling fall athletics.
The Pac-12 announced that athletic competition will be delayed until Jan. 1, 2021 at the earliest. The Pac-12 is planning to explore the option of playing in the spring for fall sports, which is the same as what the Big Ten announced earlier in the day on Tuesday.
Without Pac-12 participating in the season, much of the West Coast has either canceled or postponed the fall soccer season.
“We have made clear that all of their scholarships will be guaranteed, and that as a Conference we are strongly encouraging the NCAA to grant them an additional year of eligibility,” Scott also said in the release.
For soccer, the attention is on the ACC, which is expected to make an announcement this week as all conferences finalize plans for the fall.