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Bison football game at Oregon canceled after Pac-12 Conference moves to conference-only play for multiple fall sports

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North Dakota State's football team was scheduled to open the regular season on Sept. 5 in the University of Oregon's Autzen Stadium. That game has been called off after the Pac-12 Conference announced Friday it was going to play conference-only games next fall. Oregon Athletics photo
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North Dakota State's football game against Oregon on Sept. 5 won't happen, after the Pac-12 Conference announced Friday, July 10, its going to schedule conference-only games, including football.

“The health and safety of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports continues to be our number one priority,” said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott. “Our decisions have and will be guided by science and data, and based upon the trends and indicators over the past days, it has become clear that we need to provide ourselves with maximum flexibility to schedule, and to delay any movement to the next phase of return-to-play activities.”

The league also announced it's delaying the start of mandatory athletic activities, until a series of health and safety indicators, which have recently trended in a negative direction, provided sufficient positive data to enable a move to a second phase of return-to-play activities.

The CEO Group added it hopes to play football and all other fall sports provided that it can meet the health and safety needs of its student-athletes and obtain appropriate permissions from state and local health authorities. The decision is effective immediately across all Pac-12 member universities and was made following a meeting of the Pac-12 CEO Group on Friday.

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North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance and the Bison are scheduled to open the regular season Sept. 5 at Oregon. That game could be in jeopardy with reports the Pac 12 Conference may not play nonconference games next fall. David Samson / The Forum

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North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance and the Bison are scheduled to open the regular season Sept. 5 at Oregon. That game could be in jeopardy with reports the Pac 12 Conference may not play nonconference games next fall. David Samson / The Forum

Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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