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FILE - This Aug. 29, 2019, file photo shows the PAC-12 logo at Sun Devil Stadium during second half of an NCAA college football game between Arizona State and Kent State in Tempe, Ariz. There are 130 major college football teams, spread across 41 states and competing in 10 conferences, save for a handful of independents. The goal is to have all those teams start the upcoming season at the same time — whether that's around Labor Day as scheduled or later — and play the same number of games.(AP Photo/Ralph Freso, File)

California, Oregon Governors says State Rules don’t Prevent Pac-12 Football from Practicing

With college football underway and the Big Ten’s recent decision to start in late October, the Pac 12’s season still remains in the air but an update from the commissioner came Wednesday.

Pac-12 officials met yesterday and heard statements from Governor Gavin Newsome of California and Governor Kate Brown of Oregon. The conference was informed by these state officials that there are no restrictions on contact practices. This is an important step for a return to play as only six teams were allowed to practice before Wednesday.

When could the season start?

The next step for the Pac-12 is for schools to get specific guidelines from local health officials. In wake of Scott’s statement, USC and UCLA’s athletic directors united in seeking clarity from L.A. County about returning to practice. All that is needed is for the Pac-12 to sign off on a return-to-play.

Like the Big Ten, it seems ever more clear that the Pac-12 will reverse the original course of not playing football this fall. It’s only a matter of time and putting the logistics together. Reports say that Commissioner Scott is “going to push the envelope” and get play started as soon as possible.

What’s next?

The Pac-12 working group had a phone call today while the Pac-12 CEO group is scheduled to meet tomorrow. Today’s conversation was effective and the hope is that narrative will continue tomorrow.

For fans, now the waiting game starts. It could be a couple of days before any more major news on the subject breaks or it could be a couple of hours.

One thing for sure, the players are ready to get back to football and that showed at USC. Led by quarterback Kedon Slovis, the players took to social media express their interest in playing.

Another major factor to consider is the conferences’ ability to have a team in the College Football Playoff. With a late start to the season, will the CFP Committee factor this into their decision or delay their initial rankings and playoff dates. Like the start of the season in the Pac-12, only time will tell.

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