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Big 12 approves 9+1 schedule model for football

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The Big 12 presidents and chancellors on Monday approved a scheduling model that will include nine conference games plus one nonconference game.

In a release, the conference said it expected to solidify a start date for league play in the coming weeks, but is anticipating mid-to-late September.

“I would like to salute the work of our university presidents and chancellors, athletics directors, coaches, medical advisors and administrators who have worked tirelessly and collaboratively during these extraordinary times,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said in a statement. “We believe this change provides the best opportunity going forward. However, we will undoubtedly need to be flexible as we progress through the season in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead.”

The nine-plus-one model was the preferred model presented to the board, which considered several options.

Every Power 5 conference now has determined its scheduling model for the season, but the Big Ten has yet to release the details of its conference-only schedule.

Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione told ESPN that the Sooners still plan to play their rivalry game against Texas at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.

“We expect to play that game in the month of October,” Castiglione said. “The only reason we’d have to look at another venue is if something developed that the Cotton Bowl was unavailable for whatever reason.”

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