Oklahoma State will not play Oregon State in its football opener on Sept. 3 after the Pac-12 Conference announced Friday that its fall sports, including football, will only participate in league games.
Following the announcement, OSU tweeted out this statement Friday night: “With @BeaverFootball having been slated to visit us this season, the @pac12 decision to play only conference games has an obvious impact on our home football schedule. We will explore our options and communicate with our season ticket holders in the coming days.”
The Big Ten was the first Power 5 conference to announce a league-only schedule because of COVID-19 concerns.
The Big Ten’s decision Thursday came after the Ivy League decided on Wednesday to push the start of its football season to January. Reports suggest that the ACC also may cancel nonconference games.
“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our No. 1 priority,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”
The Big 12 Conference hasn’t announced if it will follow suit with playing conference-only games.
Oklahoma State’s 2020 season opener as of now would be against Tulsa on Sept. 12 at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Cowboys’ other nonconference game is scheduled for Sept. 19 against Western Illinois, also in Stillwater, before the conference schedule is expected to start at TCU on Oct. 3.
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