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Pac-12 to play football this season

The Pac-12 will not be the only FBS conference on the sidelines this fall.

The conference's presidents and chancellors on Thursday approved a plan that will see the Pac-12 football teams return to the field on Jon Wilner and now others are reporting. The Pac-12 was the first FBS league to secure a daily antigen testing partner, three weeks ago today. Though commissioner Larry Scott dubbed the move a "game-changer" at the time, what truly spurred today's action was the Big Ten's announcement last week that it will begin playing football on Oct. 24. Following that move, the MAC and the Mountain West have made similar overtures toward playing a fall season. That left the Pac-12 as the lone league on the fence. Most of the hold up can be blamed on miscommunication and red tape, as the California governor's office, various local governments and the Pac-12's four California campuses all believed different things on whether state regulations even allowed the teams to return to the practice field. A major hurdle was finally cleared Thursday, according to Jon Wilner.

Even still, just today Boulder officials announced a new mandate that would prevent gatherings of any size among college-aged persons, but the conference leadership clearly did not view that as a knockout blow to the upcoming season.

A season that is now, at long last, happening.

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