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Big Ten, Pac-12 cancel fall football

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A crumbling college football season took a massive hit Tuesday when the Big Ten and Pac-12, two historic and powerful conferences, succumbed to the pandemic and canceled their fall football seasons.

Five months almost to the day after the first spikes in coronavirus cases in the U.S. led to the cancellation of the NCAA basketball tournaments, the still raging pandemic is tearing down another American sports institution: fall Saturdays filled with college football.

"This was an extremely difficult and painful decision that we know will have important impacts on our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and our fans," Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "We know nothing will ease that."

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SEC, ACC, Big 12 still hoping to play

And then there were three.

The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 and Southeastern Conference were still moving forward Tuesday with plans for a fall college football season even as two other Power Five leagues, the Big Ten and the Pac-12, called things off.

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UMass nixes football, will try in spring

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Players left in limbo with season pushed

Kansas State quarterback Skylar Thompson is ready to play football next month.

Or in the winter. Or even the spring.

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Coaches' emotions on edge over pandemic

Indiana coach Tom Allen was heartbroken. Kansas State's Chris Klieman doesn't know if he will be, too, eventually, but said he wants to keep his players on campus.

Across the country, the looming collapse of the college football season is beginning to hit home for coaches who have scrambled to pull a season together through a pandemic.

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Mountain West won't hold fall football

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Coaches dealing with wave of uncertainty

College football coaches are facing the daunting challenge of getting their players to maintain the required focus to prepare for season-openers when the prevailing question swirling around the sport is when, or if, the season will even be played because of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic.

Preparation is a regimented endeavor. Practice periods are measured on a clock on the field, whistles signal the time to hustle from one drill to another. And uncertainty is a formidable opponent to the process.

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Colorado State pauses after allegations

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) Colorado State is pausing all football activities after an investigation started by the president of the university into the program's handling of COVID-19 cases uncovered allegations of racism and verbal abuse toward athletes.

Athletic director Joe Parker said he asked President Joyce McConnell to expand the investigation she announced Tuesday to include a comprehensive review of the athletic department and football program.

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Clemson QB Lawrence mulled opting out

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Maryland QB Jackson, 5 others opt out

Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position.

Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, coach Michael Locksley said during a teleconference Friday.

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