No immediate plans for Big 12 to go to league-only schedule

Jul 15, 2019; Arlington, TX, USA; Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby speaks to the media during Big 12 media days at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

After the Big Ten shook the college athletics world on Thursday by announcing its move to a 10-game league-only football schedule this fall, there appear to be no immediate plans by the Big 12 to make the same move.

League commissioner Bob Bowlsby simply responded with, “No,” when asked if the league has plans to announce a league-only schedule in the near future by the Des Moines Register‘s Randy Peterson.

The Big Ten’s move, which canceled the annual Cy-Hawk rivalry game between Iowa State and Iowa, is reportedly expected to be followed by the Pac-12 in the coming days. The ACC is also reportedly working on a plan that would limit its schools to league-only games, while also bringing Notre Dame into the fold to fill out the schedule.

The general consensus around idea of college football starting on time and playing an entire season is becoming more and more grim with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith even telling reporters Thursday afternoon he is “deeply concerned” about the prospects of playing.

This is a story that will constantly be developing in the coming hours, days and weeks. Stay tuned to Cyclone Fanatic for continued coverage.

Jared Stansbury


Jared a native of Clarinda, Iowa, started as the Cyclone Fanatic intern in August 2013, primarily working as a videographer until starting on the women’s basketball beat prior to the 2014-15 season. Upon earning his Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Iowa State in May 2016, Jared was hired as the site’s full-time staff writer, taking over as the primary day-to-day reporter on football and men’s basketball. He was elevated to the position of managing editor in January 2020. He is a regular contributor on 1460 KXNO in Des Moines and makes regular guest appearances on radio stations across the Midwest. Jared resides in Ankeny with his four-year-old puggle, Lolo.