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Friday Fast Forward: What's Next?

September 18, 2020

The Pac-12’s return to college football is still not official, although the Pac-12 is scheduled to vote [today]on Friday and it should be a quick recount.  

The vote is a mere formality.

The Pac-12 is going to play this fall.  

Once The Pac-12 and Larry Scott make the Pac-12’s return official, the race to see who can get ready for their season, and still be eligible for an invite to the college football playoffs scheduled for release on Dec.20, officially begins.  

Actually, that race has already begun. and the Pac-12 and B1G conferences are trying to avoid being lapped by the field who have had a lengthy head start by a month.   Suffice it to say what is normally a marathon pace will now be a sprinters pace just to get back in the leaders pack.

The Pac-12 and B1G were the two Power-5 conferences to pull out of their 2020 fall sports seasons, although in hindsight, it almost feels like the teams were asked to leave the party without actually being told why.   As it turns out, the other party eligible invitees like the SEC, ACC, & Big12 weren’t sure why they left either ...and more importantly, the chaperones for each of the two conferences weren’t sure.   Communication 101 was a complete failure by those running the event.

However, after some protesting and letter writing it appears the issues have been worked out.

Now we have some new questions.  

The first question being much time will the coaches need to get ready?  One anonymous Pac-12 head coach has an opinion.

How long does it take for a college-aged player to prepare for a football season?  

How long did the NFL hold fall camp in 2020?  

My first concern has to do with the players trying to do too much, too soon, before their bodies are ready.   By all indications, the Trojans are in the best shape ever with Aaron Ausmus in charge of the team’s workouts at USC as well as for those at home.   The general consensus among the talking heads with “sources” is 5-6 weeks at minimum would be necessary.

What about the players who Opted-Out?   Will they return?  

Ohio State got a reversal when Shaun Wade opted back in just days after the B1G Conference opted back in.  

Will the Trojans get a knock on their door from Alijah Vera-Tucker or Jay Tufele?

The B1G Conference have announced they will return to action the weekend of Oct. 23/24.  There is a caveat though, their teams were actually further into their summer and fall workout schedules, and they feel like they can meet the timeline without adversely risking the health and safety of the players.  

The best case scenario for the Pac-12 is to start one week later on Halloween Weekend.  

What About Halloween

Regardless of when each conference kicks off, because we’re still waiting for the Pac’s official re-entry, the window for both conference’s re-start should allow the college football playoff selection committee enough wiggle room to consider delaying their section for one week.

Now we wait and watch.  

There’s still no guarantee the season will start...or finish.  However, it sure feels good knowing the Trojans will at least have a chance to compete.


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