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Pac-12 coaches weigh in on the status of 2020 football season

Will it require the the opening of campuses?

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SALT LAKE CITY — Stanford coach David Shaw noted that the status of the 2020 college football season is “extremely fluid” as the nation deals with the coronavirus pandemic.    

During a Pac-12 media availability on Zoom, Shaw was asked about NCAA president Mark Emmert’s comments that no school should be playing sports this fall if their campus is not open to students. Emmert added that “it’s really that simple” after stating that the health and well-being of athletes should be at least as much as regular students. 

“I think that’s a great sentiment but I don’t know if that’s going to rule the day when it’s all said and done,” explained Shaw, who added that every state and every campus is going to be different. 

Possible solutions, he said, could come from the nation’s president, governors or university presidents, provosts and chancellors. Shaw believes there could be scenarios where campuses are partially open.

 “We’ll see,” he said.

USC coach Clay Helton also acknowledged there are many unknowns at this time.

“I really think we’re going to get a lot clearer picture about 6-8 weeks from now,” he said. “You know, we all are glass-half-full guys. I think we’re all optimistic in having the opportunity to play a season‚ and just not knowing what that start date looks like or what that structure looks like.”

Shaw and Helton were joined by new Washington State coach Nick Rolovich in the first of four Pac-12 press conferences this week. Utah’s Kyle Whittingham will participate Tuesday along with Colorado coach Karl Dorrell and Washington coach Jimmy Lake.