Another conference has altered its fall sports schedule to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, following the Ivy League's decision to cancel the fall season entirely and the Big Ten's move to conference-only schedule.
The Pac-12 said it has developed different scheduling models for the fall, including conference-only slates and delayed starts to the season.
Scheduling flexibility, the mitigation of risk that comes with travel and the ability to share testing protocols were the primary factors behind the Big Ten's plan to schedule conference-only games during the coming season, a move that may foreshadow similar decisions from other Power Five leagues and the rest of the Bowl Subdivision. Based on these decisions, and the speculation around California State University system's decision and how it affects California college athletics, the Mountain West could be one of the next conferences to announce a change to its schedule structure for the 2020 season.
"The really complicated financial issue, probably the one we're most likely going to be in, is that we have other sports (other than football) but we don't have the revenue to cover them", she said then, "and that's very complicated because of the way our athletic department revenue structure work".
The Pac-12 said details on new fall sports schedules will be announced by July 31.
The Bruins were slated to open the season against New Mexico State at home on August 29; the Trojans were scheduled to open against Alabama at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on September 5. "This decision was made with the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff as the top priority".
Fresno State is due to make a combined $1.9 million for buy games against Colorado and Texas A&M this season.
The SEC will discuss its options during a meeting Monday with athletic directors and league officials that was scheduled before the Big Ten's decision.
There are six men's soccer programs in the Pac-12 and the full 12-team allotment in women's soccer.
The conference said athletes who choose not to participate in sports this year because of health concerns will have their scholarships honored by their university. Northern Arizona's overall athletic budget is $21 million and already went through one round of budget reductions to prevent cutting sports. "We appreciate the economic impact it brings to our community and we look forward to hosting future college football games at Lambeau Field".