Big 12 votes to play football this fall, impacts ACC, SEC

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INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – DECEMBER 07: Nicholas Petit-Frere #78 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates after winning the Big Ten Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 07, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

The Big 12 presidents reportedly voted unanimously Tuesday evening to play football this fall, joining the ACC and SEC with that intention.

Earlier in the day, the the Big Ten and Pac-12 opted out of playing this fall, becoming the first two Power Five conferences to do so, citing continued health concerns as a result of the pandemic.

Each conference hopes to play this spring. The Pac-12 also pushed back all sports until January.

Both the ACC and SEC released late afternoon statements regarding their intentions to play this fall and noting they’ve followed safety guidelines accordingly and continue to receive advice from medical panels.

On Sunday, Big 12 commissioners cited β€œgrowing evidence and the growing pool of data around myocarditis” as a reason for a potential cancellation.

Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart, and it has been found in some COVID-19 patients. There is concern it could be a long-term complication of contracting the virus even in young, healthy people, a group that has usually avoided severe cardiovascular symptoms.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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