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Bowlsby: Big 12 is as 'well-prepared' as possible for football

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

The Big 12 voted Tuesday night to proceed with fall sports, including football, for this season. 

"We feel like we are as fully well-prepared as we can be at this time to move forward," Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. 

Bowlsby said the verdict of the conference's emergency meeting coincides with medical experts' recommendation. 

"Go forward. Move slowly. Make small adjustments. Constantly be vigilant about changes in the environment," Bowlsby said. 

"At some point it just gets very heavy. The decision to play lifted a lot of that," Texas Tech head football coach Matt Wells said.  "I think that's the thing people outside this conference don't understand."

The power five conferences didn't all make the same decision. Bowlsby said they aren't similarly situated. He said the fall season won't be completed without a rigorous testing regimen. Teams will test all staff and personnel on Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays each week. 

"Positives need to be dealt with very carefully. Follow up and return to play needs to be carefully managed and appropriately diagnosed," Bowlsby said. 

Fall camp has essentially been a bubble for student-athletes. Several Big 12 teams haven't had a positive case in weeks. However, the ever-changing environment poses potential issues for the conference. Bowlsby is confident in the Big 12's ability to roll with the punches. 

"We found out what we heard sixty days ago is garbage today. We will find ourselves with bumpy spots in the fall there aren't any doubts about that. We are very well-prepared," Bowlsby said.

"You know what? If we have too many who test positive and we're not able to play, we're not able to play," Wells said.

Game cancellation logistics have yet to be worked out but will before the start of the season. While Bowlsby has confidence in the health model, they're prepared for a worst-case scenario. 

"If we get to the place where our doctors and scientists say we have two wheels off the tracks and you're headed for a wreck, we will pivot that day."

If a student-athlete opts out, their scholarship will still be honored. Eligibility logistics are still being worked out. Bowlsby is optimistic the postseason will be played. 

Click here - for Texas Tech's updated football schedule. The Red Raiders open the season hosting Houston Baptist Sept. 12. The Longhorns will come to town to start conference play Sept. 26.

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