Big 12 Moving Forward with Fall Football

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Baylor football schedule
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Only two days ago, I wrote about how two of the Power Five conferences (Big 10 and Pac-12) postponed their fall sports seasons—including football—till at least January, with the possibility of full cancellation should COVID remain a dangerous threat. And yet on Tuesday night, the Big 12 Board of Directors announced they voted to have a slightly shortened, yet playable fall football season starting in September. The Big 12, as we know, is comprised of Baylor (the only school that matters), Iowa State (Matt Campbell is the worst), Kansas (sad), Kansas State (they’re okay), Oklahoma (I hate everyone especially Lincoln Riley), Oklahoma State (I hate everyone especially Mike Gundy), TCU (I hate everyone especially Gary Patterson), Texas (I hate everyone especially Tom Herman), Texas Tech (I used to hate Kliff Kinsgbury while he was there but now I do not care about them), and West Virginia (the worst especially because of mountain people), all of whom I already assumed would fight for their fall season. And so they did. In the Tuesday night announcement, Big 12 Commissioner and one of the worst ever (at this point we know I’m unable to be impartial) Bob Bowlsby said, “The virus continues to evolve and medical professionals are learning more with each passing week. Opinions vary regarding the best path forward, as we’ve seen throughout higher education and our society overall, but we are comfortable in our institutions’ ability to provide a structured training environment, rigorous testing and surveillance, hospital quality sanitation and mitigation practices that optimize the health and safety of our student-athletes. We believe all of this combines to create an ideal learning and training situation during this time of COVID-19. Ultimately, our student-athletes have indicated their desire to compete in the sports they love this season and it is up to all of us to deliver a safe, medically sound, and structured academic and athletic environment for accomplishing that outcome.” The shortened football schedule for Baylor now shows the Bears playing 10 opponents in a “9+1” list—the first and only non-conference opponent of which is still TBD—along with three(!!) bye-weeks and five home games. Here’s hoping for safe competition and no outbreaks!