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Big 12 Football Media Day Canceled

Cody Nespor

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Two weeks after being rescheduled, the Big 12 Virtual Football Media Day has been canceled, with no plan for it to be rescheduled currently.

The Big 12 Football Media Day was originally scheduled to take place on July 20 and 21, last Monday and Tuesday. The Big 12 pushed the event back to August 3, next Monday, on July 16 but now the event happening at all is in question.

In a release, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby cited the general uncertainty surrounding college football as a factor for this cancelation.

“There continues to be a lot more questions than answers about what the football season will look like,” Bowlsby said in a statement. “A media day is intended to talk football and the prospects for the season. Part of that discussion is who you will be playing and when. With the on-going consideration of scheduling models by our Board of Directors, this is the best course of action at this time.”

A schedule for the Virtual Football Media Day was sent out yesterday. Bowlsby would have started the event with an hour-long media Q&A at 9:00 a.m. CT followed by 25-minute sessions from every Big 12 head coach. WVU’s Neal Brown would have been the first coach, scheduled to answer questions from 10:00-10:25 a.m. CT.

The outlook of the 2020 football season has changed drastically in recent weeks. Many lower levels of competition have scraped the season entirely while even the biggest conferences like the Big 10, ACC and the SEC today have made drastic changes to how this season will proceed. These changes have already cost WVU one game off of its schedule with the possibility of a second coming off seeming likely.

Thus far the Big 12 has announced no changes to the 2020 football schedule. In the past Bowlsby has said that the conference wants to wait as long as possible before making determinations about the season, given how much conditions in the country change over short periods of time. Bowlsby has previously stated that the Big 12 has developed a conference-only schedule for each school, should the need for such a schedule arise.

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Cody is currently a second-year graduate student at West Virginia University studying journalism. His graduate research focuses on the effects newspaper closures have on local communities. He graduated from Slippery Rock University in 2018 with a degree in digital media production. He was born and raised in Mercer, Pennsylvania.

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