BYU loses 3 more contests after Pac-12 goes conference-only for 2020
PROVO — BYU’s 2020 football schedule had been regarded as one of the best in school history.
That was, at least, until the past two days, when the Big Ten and the Pac-12 announced they will be playing conference games only this fall due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Just like that, the independent Cougars’ entire September schedule, against four Power Five opponents, has been wiped out.
“There may be a chance for other teams who are experiencing similar things, that also had games against teams in those conferences, they may be looking for games as well.” — Former BYU athletic director Val Hale
The Pac-12’s decision came Friday, one day after the Big Ten’s.
Now the Cougars have just seven games remaining on the 2020 schedule after contests at archrival Utah (Sept. 3), Michigan State (Sept. 12), at Arizona State (Sept. 19), at Minnesota (Sept. 26) and at Stanford (Nov. 28) were canceled.
BYU’s remaining games, for now, are against Utah State (Oct. 2), Missouri (Oct. 10), Houston (Oct. 16), at Northern Illinois (Oct. 24), at Boise State (Nov. 6), San Diego State (Nov. 14) and North Alabama (Nov. 21).
Former BYU athletic director Val Hale, who served in that position from 1999-2004, before BYU went independent, has an idea what current athletic director Tom Holmoe — who has spent years creating the 2020 schedule — is going through right now.
Most athletic directors only have to worry about scheduling three or four nonconference games each year. Holmoe, who’s at the helm of ...
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