For the second time this summer, the Big 12 Conference has cancelled its Virtual Football Media Day. Originally slated for July 20-21, the event was rescheduled for Monday, Aug. 3, but now that media day has also been scrubbed. It is yet to be determined if the event will be rescheduled.
The Big 12 is currently trying to determine how its upcoming football season is going to be comprised in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the Power 5 conferences, the Big Ten, PAC-12 and ACC have previously revealed altered football schedules. Thursday afternoon the SEC announced it was going to a 10-game, conference-only football schedule for 2020. That leaves only the Big 12 among the Power 5 conferences as not having, to this point, announced a change to its 12-game schedule. Two of WVU’s 2020 non-conference opponents – Maryland from the Big Ten and Florida State from the ACC – are now not available to play the Mountaineers this season. It’s reported that 10 presidents of the Big 12 universities are going to meet in the very near future to decide what course of action to take.
“There continues to be a lot more questions than answers about what the football season will look like,” said Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby. “A media day is intended to talk football and the prospects for the season. Part of that discussion is who you will be playing and when. With the on-going consideration of scheduling models by our Board of Directors, this is the best course of action at this time. “
A media briefing with Commissioner Bowlsby will be scheduled in the near-term to update on the State of the Conference.