Gavin Newsom Says "Nothing" Is Preventing PAC 12 Teams From Playing


UCLA v USC

UCLA v USC

This is a turn of events.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom says there are currently no coronavirus restrictions in place that would prohibit USC and other Pac-12 schools from participating in conference athletics. During a press briefing Wednesday, Newsom addressed the letter from USC players on social media calling on the governor to loosen coronavirus-related restrictions to allow for play to resume this fall.

When asked about the letter, Newsom said there is “nothing in the state guidelines that denies the Pac-12 from having conference games.”

“Nothing in the state guidelines deny the ability for the Pac-12 to resume,” he said. “Quite the contrary, uh, that has been a misrepresentation of the facts.”

On Aug. 11, the Pac-12 Conference postponed all sports through the end of the year due to health concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. Two of the nation’s other four top conferences, the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 Conference have begun their football seasons, while the Southeastern Conference will begin its season Sept. 26.

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