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Report: Sense Of Unequal Preparation Time Looms Over Pac-12 With Varying Regional Restrictions

Utah Utes running back Zack Moss (2) avoids UCLA Bruins defensive back Stephan Blaylock (4) as Utah and UCLA play a college football game in Salt Lake City at Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019. Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Pac-12 is expected to announce schedule details sometime this week for the upcoming football season that will be a conference-only schedule.

Now that we know the non-conference slate has been canceled, the conference is figuring out how to give every school an equal amount of preparation while also trying to follow local COVID-19 guidelines and getting a season in.

Reports surfaced last week that the conference is likely to have a 10-game regular season schedule, adding one conference opponent to the original conference slate.

According to Yahoo! Sports college football reporter Pete Thamel, the Pac-12 is dealing with a “big looming issue” with some schools already prepared to start training camp and other are limited because of local COVID-19 restrictions. Thamel mentioned that there is already a sense that preparation time won’t be equitable.

The Pac-12 athletic directors met on Monday morning and they continue to find a plan that will work for every member.

Another issue that has been brought up to Thamel’s report is that training camps could run into the start of classes. When class starts, camp will be limited to 20 hours per week. Some Pac-12 schools run on a quarter system which would have classes beginning in September while others run on a semester system and start in the middle of August.

According to university websites, six Pac-12 are on a semester system, including Arizona, Arizona State, California, Colorado, Utah and USC. While Oregon State, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA, Washington and Washington State are on the quarter system.

Trevor Allen is a Utah Utes Insider for and host of the Crimson Corner podcast. Follow him on Twitter: @TrevorASportsYou can download and listen to the podcast, here.