Pac-12 postpones football and other fall sports amid COVID-19 concerns, explores possible spring schedule

The Pac-12 CEO group voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone fall sports and will look at options to return to competition next year.
LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Will USC and UCLA play football this fall? The Pac-12 answered that question Tuesday by announcing that none of the conference's teams -- in any sport -- will take the field until at least the spring because of concerns about COVID-19.

The news came about an hour after a similar announcement from the Big 10 conference, removing two of college football's five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic.

Before the season was postponed, 10 Pac-12 games had been been scheduled for each of the universities, which would have limited the teams' travel amid coronavirus concerns.

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Among the UCLA football team, eight players have tested positive for COVID-19.

According to ESPN, the Pac-12 CEO group was expected to meet Tuesday and be briefed on myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle often caused by a viral infection that has been linked to COVID-19.

The Mid-American Conference announced over the weekend universities would not play football in the fall. The Mountain West Conference on Monday also postponed their fall sports.

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ESPN contributed to this report.

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