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Pac-12 announces in-season testing plan ahead of football season openers

With the Pac-12 Conference finally ready to kick off its long-delayed 2020 football season, the league announced an updated series of testing plans ahead of this week’s openers.

The Pac-12 released the in-season measures Monday afternoon,  announcing guidelines highlighted by the use of daily antigen testing, rapid PCR tests available on game days, and even an air ambulance service that will be standing by at every stadium in case of positive tests.

Per the release, the Pac-12’s plan is as follows:

  • Daily point-of-care testing on each day of full practice, higher-risk of transmission activity, travel, and games;
  • Minimum once weekly PCR test (in addition to daily point-of-care testing). For football game weeks, the weekly PCR test will take place within 36 hours of game time for home team student-athletes and within 36 hours of travel departure for visiting team student-athletes;
  • Any positive daily point-of-care antigen test must be followed by a PCR test within 24 hours;
  • A third-party testing administrator will administer game day point-of-care antigen tests (and PCR tests as applicable) for each team and on-field officials;
  • Game day air ambulance service will be available in case any individual tests positive while traveling for competition; and
  • All testing protocols continue to be subject to state, local, and campus public health requirements.

The CU Buffs kick off the Karl Dorrell era on Saturday at Folsom Field (5 p.m., ESPN2). Per Boulder County Public Health guidelines, 920 fans comprised of players’ family and friends will be allowed in the stadium. Four hundred of those seats are allotted for the road team, per Pac-12 guidelines.

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