The Pac-12 CEO Group has voted to return to the football field this November, and your UCLA Bruins will be allowed to return to the practice fields immediately, as long as the local health guidelines permit.
OFFICIAL: Pac-12 announces resumption of football, basketball & winter sports seasons. Full information below.— Pac-12 Conference (@pac12) September 24, 2020
The Pac-12 made the decision after striking a deal with Quidel Corporation to provide daily antigen testing for the coronavirus. Commissioner Larry Scott released a statement saying the conference made the decision based on the safety of the student-athletes.
“From the beginning of this crisis, our focus has been on following the science, data and counsel of our public health and infectious disease experts. Our agreement with Quidel to provide daily rapid-results testing has been a game-changer in enabling us to move forward with confidence that we can create a safe environment for our student-athletes while giving them the opportunity to pursue their dreams. At the same time, we will continue to monitor health conditions and data and be ready to adjust as required in the name of the health of all.”
No fans will be allowed at the games but at this rate, this allows for the Pac-12 as a whole to recoup some of the potential money that was set to be lost with no season and universities like UCLA, who are in a large deficit, the chance to carve out some monetary wins despite the coronavirus pandemic.
Squeezing in a fall season allows these athletic departments a chance to bring in some of the lost $$ (from media deals/CFP), gives players something to play for and also gets them back on the same timeline as the rest of the Power 5 heading into spring and fall 2021.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) September 25, 2020
And unfortunately, there’s a growing belief, with some truth to it, that we have our crosstown rivals to thank for expediting the decision from the Pac-12 CEO Group to return.
USC AD Mike Bohn: It is "a symbol of the central role USC plays in the Pac-12 that the letter from our players to California Governor Gavin Newsom galvanized our collective return to play efforts.”— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) September 24, 2020
Be that as it may, we can be happy now, but rivals later.
UCLA Football is back — and that’s all that matters.
More on this as it continues to develop and what it means for UCLA. Also, a ton more on the Bruins as they return to the field this fall.
It’s also important to note that the basketball squads will also be allowed to return to the hard court as the statement from Scott also touched on that.
Both men’s and women’s teams can return to game action on November 25.