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Pac-12 opts out of football season, postpones fall sports

The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences won’t play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19.
Credit: AP
FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2019, file photo, the Pac-12 logo is displayed on the field at Sun Devil Stadium during an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State in Tempe, Ariz. As the wealthiest conferences like the Pac-12 lay out plans they hope will protect athletes from contracting and spreading COVID-19, most of the schools in the second-tier of Division I football have given up on trying to play in the fall. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

The Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences won’t play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19. 

The decisions take two of college football’s five power conferences out of a crumbling season amid the pandemic. 

The Big Ten’s announcement that it was postponing all fall sports and hoping to make them up in the second semester came first. 

An hour later, the Pac-12 called a news conference to say that all sports in its conference would be paused until Jan. 1, including basketball. 

The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference are still moving forward with plans to conduct a football season.