OSU loses season-opening football opponent after Pac-12 cancels non-conference games

OSU loses season-opening football opponent after Pac-12 cancels non-conference games
Oklahoma State Cowboys running back Chuba Hubbard during an NCAA football game on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 in Corvallis, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) (Craig Mitchelldyer/AP)

Oklahoma State was supposed to kick off its football season against Oregon State in Stillwater on September 3. That won’t happen now after the Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The announcement came after a meeting of the Pac-12 CEO Group on Friday, a day after the Big Ten opted to eliminate non-conference games for all fall sports.

In a Twitter statement, Oklahoma State said “We will explore our options and communicate with our season ticket holders in the coming days.”

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An Oklahoma State official told FOX23 there’s a clause in the contract between the Cowboys and Beavers that says Oregon State will still play a game in Stillwater in a later season if the game for this season gets called off.

The Atlantic Coast, Big 12, and Southeastern conferences are still weighing options for fall sports. On Wednesday, the Ivy League became the first Division I conference to suspend all fall sports until at least January, leaving open the possibility of moving some sports to the spring if the pandemic is under better control.

The Pac-12′s decision covers football, women’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31.