The Stanford Cardinal are scheduled to return to the practice field and ultimately to competition later this year after the Pac-12 announced their decision to resume the fall sports calendar starting on November 6. The fall football season will commence on the weekend of the sixth and seventh while both men’s and women’s basketball seasons will begin on November 25.
The decision, of course, came after the Pac-12 CEO Group announced a partnership with Quidel for daily rapid-results testing as well as the Pac-12 Medical Advisory Committee outlining multiple changes and developments to their health guidelines.
While no fans will be allowed in the stands at Pac-12 events this fall, we’ll still see a seven-game season from all 12 member universities, or at least that’s the plan.
Stanford athletics director Bernard Muir addressed the resuming of play with the following statement:
“I want to thank President Tessier-Lavigne and Provost Drell for their extremely thoughtful leadership throughout this process,” said Jaquish & Kenninger Director of Athletics Bernard Muir. “We are eager for all of our student-athletes to have the opportunity to play this season, assuming it can be done safely and with the appropriate public health authority approvals. To that end, we have been in touch with Santa Clara County and look forward to continuing to work with them to create a path for our student-athletes to train and compete. As we continue those conversations, the health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, coaches and community remains our top priority.”
The Pac-12 schedules will be announced soon with each football team receiving three home games, three away games and one cross-conference game after the Pac-12 Championship Game is set.
We at Rule of Tree will be here every step of the way while we navigate through the ever-changing world that is the Pac-12 and Stanford’s fall athletics calender.