Update: 10:06 p.m.
The Big 12 has released a statement confirming Dinich’s report. The conference has announced a “9+1” schedule that will be nine conference games and one non-conference game for each team.
In the release, the conference estimates the start of the season will be between “mid-to-late” September with a plan solidifies in the coming weeks. Non-conference games are expected to be played prior to the start of league play. The Big 12 Championship will also be moved to either Dec. 12 or 19.
“We believe this change provides the best opportunity going forward,” Big 12 commissioner said in the release. “However, we undoubtedly need to be flexible as we progress through th season in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead.”
The wait for a determination on the Big 12 football season may finally be coming to a close, according to a report this evening.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich reported that the Big 12 presidents and chancellors have approved a 10-game scheduling model. This model will include a nine-game conference schedule and one non-conference game.
Multiple sources have told me Big 12 board approved 9 plus 1 sked.
— Heather Dinich (@CFBHeather) August 4, 2020
Dinich reports that the conference is expected to put out a press release on the decision tomorrow and that the season could begin in mid-to-late September.
Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby has yet to talk at all about what the conference might do for this season. The Big 12 has both postponed and eventually canceled the Big 12 football media day due to uncertainty about the season.
West Virginia has already lost two games off of its 2020 schedule due to schedule changes across the sport. WVU lost its game against Maryland when the Big 10 announced a conference-only schedule. There is also a possibility WVU could lose its game against Florida State because the ACC announced a similar plan to the Big 12 where each school can only play one non-conference game. WVU’s final scheduled non-conference game is against Eastern Kentucky.