Pac-12 reverts to standard policy, says teams must forfeit if unable to play due to COVID-19 cases

For the 2021 season, the Pac-12 will continue to follow its current policy on game forfeitures in all sports. Any games that a team is not able to play will be considered forfeit losses.2020: The conference temporality changed the rule to count games that were cancelled due to player availability for COVID-19 as contests. This did not affect the standings.The conference released a statement saying that forfeited contests will be considered a conference loss by the team responsible and a win for its opponent. "The Pac-12 rule gives the Commissioner the discretion to determine whether an institution was at fault or primarily responsible for inability to play a contest on the basis of the facts."The conference also updated its return to play protocols for COVID-19 earlier this month. This means that vaccinated persons will no longer need to be subject to regular testing or quarantine if they are exposed to people who have tested positive.Players, coaches, and other staff who are not vaccinated must be tested. They also need to quarantine once they return from non-team-related travel. The CDC has established quarantine guidelines for these individuals. This includes a 10-day quarantine period for those who have been exposed to positive tests.Modified protocols are available for teams that achieve 85% vaccination rates.