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Oklahoma Sooners Football: Reports - Big 12 to move forward with fall football

The league is also expected to outline uniform medical protocols.

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at Oklahoma Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

The eyes of the college football world have been focused on the Big 12 for the past 24 hours, but the conference’s pivotal decision appears to have been made. According to multiple reports, the Big 12 is expected to announce plans to move forward with a fall college football season (for now, at least). SoonerScoop was the first to break the news.

This comes on the heels of announcements of fall sports postponement from both the Big Ten and Pac-12. Meanwhile, the SEC and ACC are still planning their next moves, but it was a widely-held belief that the Big 12’s move was going to have a large impact on whether or not those leagues would move forward with football activities. It’s no secret that each wants to play football this fall, so having a third conference on board would certainly take a bit of pressure out the equation and make the call much easier.

According to Yahoo’s Pete Thamel, a large part of the Big 12’s plan moving forward will involve enhanced medical protocols that stress increased testing. It will also involve keeping a close eye on any potential cardiac issues associated with COVID-19.

There’s still plenty of uncertainty regarding a potential season for the Oklahoma Sooners, and the plug could still theoretically be pulled between now and mid-September. However, this gives us all a sorely-needed glimmer of hope, and plenty of people are understandably rejoicing.