Pac-12 Announces That Teams With COVID Infections Will Forfeit Games

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The Pac-12 conference announced on Thursday that all of its teams will adhere to new forfeiture guidelines for the 2021-2022 season, especially those regarding COVID infections. The conference will now officially count COVID-related forfeited games as losses in the new season.

The guidelines during the resumed 2020 Pac-12 season initially granted teams dealing with COVID infections a postponed contest, and set up additional measures to help teams facing unexpected outbreaks.

With new cases still emerging, despite the ready availability of the vaccine, teams will have to find a way to safeguard players, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, in order to avoid forfeiting games and adding to their loss totals.

An excerpt from the statement reads:

“The Pac-12 has determined that its prior longstanding game forfeiture rule, that was temporarily modified for this past season due to COVID-19, shall once again be applied for this coming athletic season. In accordance with that rule, if an institution is unable to play a contest through its own fault, it shall forfeit such contest to its opponent. …

“Any forfeited contest shall be regarded as a conference loss for the team making the forfeit and a conference win for its opponent. The Pac-12 rule provides the Commissioner with discretion to determine whether an institution is at fault or primarily at fault for an inability to play a contest based on the facts of the situation.”

Stay tuned to OutKick as the story unfolds.

Written by Alejandro Avila

Alejandro Avila lives in Southern California and previously covered news for the LA Football Network. Jeopardy expert and grumpy sports fan that has watched every movie.


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  1. How about anti biotic resistant TB or hepatitis all forms or mumps or measles or influenza guess the only thing that matters is this political correct disease no other communicable disease matters which the hoard at our southern border is bringing no tests no vacs no nothing toss em on a bus coming to a city near you.

  2. Nah, nobody is technically “forcing” anyone to do anything are they? Just like Don Corleone didn’t force anyone to do something by “making them an offer they couldn’t refuse.” This veiled practice is called EXTORTION, but no one will use that word. We’re dealing with a bunch of establishment thugs who quite literally, and ironically, think WE are all the morons.

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