Stanford and Cal football seasons canceled with recent Pac-12 announcement

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The Stanford and Cal football seasons have been canceled following the recent Pac-12 announcement.

The Stanford and Cal football seasons won’t be happening after the disappointing but expected announcement that the Pac-12 would cancel the 2020 football season this fall.

In fact, it won’t be just the football season that won’t be happening this fall. The Pac-12 voted to cancel all athletic competitions until at least January 1st, 2021 at the absolute earliest.

Of course, that includes football.

The committee voted unanimously to postpone fall sports until at the very least the beginning of next year amidst ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Big Ten became the first Power 5 conference to cancel the fall football season as they did so on Monday and the Pac-12 expectedly followed suit later in the day.

As of right now, the ACC, Big 12, and SEC all still continuing to go forward with a football season as expected, but their statuses remain very uncertain.

This is a major blow to the Stanford and Cal football programs.

As for Stanford and Cal, this is undoubtedly a major blow for the fans, players, staff, and anyone involved with the programs. While the outcome isn’t unexpected, it’s obvious that this will have a major impact on the universities.

The question bears asking, if the remaining three Power 5 conferences go on as planned, could we see an influx of transfers?

Players like Paulson Adebo and Walker Little — two cornerstones of the Stanford football program — are seen as first-round prospects in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft.

Should either decide that they want another year to solidify their status, they could opt to become a late transfer and move to another Power 5 program.

Especially for someone like Little who missed all of last season with a knee injury, putting together some more game tape is crucial to show scouts that he’s fully recovered and hasn’t lost a step.

And for Cal, the Bears were looking forward to the return of quarterback Chase Garbers who led his team to a 7-2 record as a starter, but missed time due to multiple injuries.

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Unfortunately, the fates of all of these players remain just as uncertain as the fates of the programs.