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Bowlsby: 'The reach of this goes beyond athletics'

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Athletics will have to wait for the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic. Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby has met with athletics directors twice a week and the uncertainty remains a huge concern. 

"Is it going to be May, June or July? Will we see a second cycle down the road?" Bowlsby said.

Thinking big picture is tough right now, but one thing the conference can address now is student welfare. 

"What can we provide to help in the form of benefits? What can we do for some assemblance of normal training for them? It's an intellectually fascinating and challenging time," Bowlsby said. 

While he sees both sides with regards to granting an extra year of eligibility to winter and spring athletes, he says there are a ton of moving parts. 

"It is very expensive when it comes to continuations of scholarships," Bowlsby said. "There are a lot of NCAA bi-laws that need to be altered in order to accommodate the number of scholarships and how the equivalencies are broken up and those kinds of things."

The cancellation of the Big 12 Tournament will cost the conference $6.6 million. The NCAA Tournament cancellation will cost another $10 million. The monstrous hit will come if football, the huge chunk of the Big 12's TV money, is delayed or worse. 

"Anything I say regarding finances has to make the assumption that we're playing football in the fall. If that doesn't happen then the underpinning of what we've known as normal goes away and we will have major changes to make," Bowlsby said. 

All Big 12 regular-season competitions, on- and off- campus recruiting, and out-of-season practices are suspended until Sunday, March 29th. 


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