The Pac-12 Conference is discussing the possibility of football season starting in January, with multiple winter and spring options in play, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Six- and eight-game schedules were discussed in a meeting of coaches Friday, according to a person close to the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to publicly divulge details. One model involves only games within a team’s division as part of a highly truncated season that would help the conference preserve a full 2021 fall schedule.
No decisions were made and any proposed schedule would need the approval of conference chancellors and presidents.
After initially pushing for a 10-game, conference-only schedule, the Pac-12 announced this month it was delaying the start of all fall sports, including football, to at least Jan. 1 because of concern over the coronavirus.
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