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Alabama-USC season opener called off amid Pac-12’s decision

Alabama coach Nick Saban leads the team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Alabama football team released an emotional video Thursday, June 25, 2020, speaking out against racism and ending with the message that “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.” Saban and many prominent players, both Black and white, appear in the video that was written by Alabama left tackle Alex Leatherwood. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)
Alabama coach Nick Saban leads the team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Alabama football team released an emotional video Thursday, June 25, 2020, speaking out against racism and ending with the message that “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.” Saban and many prominent players, both Black and white, appear in the video that was written by Alabama left tackle Alex Leatherwood. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File)(Alabama coach Nick Saban leads the team onto the field before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The Alabama football team released an emotional video Thursday, June 25, 2020, speaking out against racism and ending with the message that “all lives can’t matter until Black lives matter.” Saban and many prominent players, both Black and white, appear in the video that was written by Alabama left tackle Alex Leatherwood. (AP Photo/Vasha Hunt, File))
Published: Jul. 10, 2020 at 10:15 PM CDT
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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Pac-12 announced today that all fall sports will play a conference-only schedule for the upcoming season.

The Pac-12′s decision comes one day after the Big Ten announced it would face conference opponents only if a fall sports season happens.

With the Pac-12 and Big Ten’s decision to eliminate non-conference competition it leaves three Power Five schools left to decide if they will do the same.

The Big Ten was not scheduled to face any SEC opponents for football in the regular season. However, the Pac-12′s USC was slated to face Alabama in a season opener on Sept. 5 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

According to USA Today, Alabama was set to make $6 million for facing off against the Trojans.

Alabama athletics director Greg Byrne released a statement via Twitter on Friday evening in response to the Pac-12′s decision saying the university “will do our best to adjust. What that looks like is to be determined.”

If the game at AT&T Stadium is cancelled, the Crimson Tide’s season opener will be on Sept. 12 against Georgia State. Alabama’s first SEC matchup is scheduled for Sept. 20 when Georgia visits Tuscaloosa.

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