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ACC To Have Final Decision On Fall Sports In Late July

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The fate of the Miami Hurricanes 2020 football season is set to be determined in late July.

A day after the Big Ten announced it would move to conference-only games for the 2020 season, ACC commissioner John Swofford put out a statement stating that it expects to have a decision “in late July” that will determine how its college football schedule will look.

The ACC is expected to cancel non-conference games for the 2020 football season due to the ongoing pandemic, according to a report by Stadium. As of now though, nothing is official.

“Over the last few months, our conference has prepared numerous scenarios related to the fall athletics season,” Swofford said. “The league membership and our medical advisory group will make every effort to be as prepared as possible during these unprecedented times, and we anticipate a decision by our Board of Directors in late July.”

If the ACC cancels all non-conference matchups, the Hurricanes would no longer face Temple on September 5, Wagner on September 12, and UAB on September 17. Miami’s match against Michigan State was canceled yesterday with the Big Ten’s announcement.

A modified Hurricanes schedule would kick off on October 3 at home on October 3 against Pittsburgh, rather than the original season opener on September 5 against Temple.

Miami’s remaining schedule includes games at Wake Forest (Oct. 9), North Carolina (Oct. 24), at Virginia (Oct. 31), Florida State (Nov. 7), Virginia Tech (Nov. 14), at Georgia Tech (Nov. 21), and Duke (Nov. 28).

Swofford said the ACC will continue to work with universities before coming to a decision.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators remains the ACC’s top priority. As we continue to work on the best possible path forward for the return of competition, we will do so in a way that appropriately coincides with our universities’ academic missions.”

The Big 12 and SEC are expected to follow a similar timeline for a decision as the ACC.

Pac-12 To Play Conference-Only In The Fall

In evening news, The Pac-12 became the second Power Five conference to announce it would play a conference-only schedule in all sports on Friday evening.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott 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.”

In addition, the conference said it would be delaying the beginning of all mandatory athletic activities “until a series of health and safety indicators, which have recently trended in a negative direction, provided sufficient positive data to enable a move to a second phase of return-to-play activities.” 

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