Large 12 soccer coaches, athletes and media members received’t congregate in Arlington, Texas, this yr.
Thursday, the convention was the primary in amongst Energy 5 leagues to formally shift to a digital format, with July 20-21 because the tentative date.
“It’s our perception that given the efforts to fight COVID-19 it’s in one of the best curiosity for the security of everybody concerned to maneuver away from our conventional soccer media day gathering this yr,” a Large 12 spokeswoman wrote in an emailed assertion to The Transcript.
League coaches, accompanied by participant representatives, have yearly met in Texas in the course of the month of July to debate the upcoming season with a big group of varied media members reporting for print publications, web sites, tv stations and fan websites. Round 500 media had been credentialed final yr, in keeping with the league.
The standard giant scrums of reporters and athletes — who’re generally shoulder-to-shoulder — violate social distancing even in a big venue like Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium.
The construction of a digital media days occasion isn’t clear but. However as soon as decided, it’ll supply Oklahoma and different colleges a mannequin that might be helpful in the course of the season.
OU has held interviews utilizing convention calls or Zoom digital conferences for the reason that pandemic shut down NCAA sports activities on March 12.
The Large 12 has suspended all in-person actions till Could 31.
In March, Large 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby mentioned the league wished to carry media days as common, particularly because it had reached a brand new sponsorship settlement with Academy Sports activities, however he wasn’t certain what the end result could be on the time. The media days occasion is a part of the league’s championship sport settlement with the Cowboys.
Digital conferences determine to avoid wasting the league on journey and different bills. Bowlsby took a 10% pay discount in early April and eradicated all year-end bonuses to avoid wasting the league cash with much less income being distributed because of the cancellation of the NCAA and convention males’s and girls’s basketball tournaments.
The Large 12’s early-Could assembly with soccer and males’s and girls’s basketball coaches was additionally held just about, as an alternative of in Phoenix, Arizona for the Fiesta Summit, which was canceled.
There hasn’t been official phrase on what’s going to turn out to be of the Large 12 spring conferences, which embrace athletic administrators and presidents. This yr’s discussions are significantly vital as choice makers place for what’s subsequent with school soccer in 2020.
“We don’t know what we’re gonna do with [those meetings] but,” Bowlsby mentioned final month.
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