Schools opening gives football a chance

With all Big 12 schools planning to open in the fall, the chances of having a college football season just increased.

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May 8, 2020 - 2:59 PM

Kansas State quarterback Skyler Thompson (10) celebrates his fourth rushing touchdown of the day with teammate James Gilbert (34) during the third quarter at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan., on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. The host Wildcats won, 48-41. Photo by Travis Heying/Wichita Eagle/TNS

All 10 schools in the Big 12 Conference expect their campuses to be open in the fall, a key step toward launching fall sports.

The coronavirus pandemic has shuttered sports at all levels, and conference commissioners have stressed to Vice President Mike Pence college athletics cannot resume until campuses reopen. The Big 12’s schools have all announced their intentions in recent weeks to have students on campus this fall.

If they follow through, the possibility exists that football can start as originally scheduled. The season is slated to begin Aug. 29, though Big 12 schools don’t begin play until the following week.

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