The Pac-12 conference canceled football and all other sporting events through the end of the calendar year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This decision was not what any of us wanted or planned, but it is the right call,” said WSU President Kirk Schulz, who serves on the Pac-12 CEO Group. “Protecting the health and safety of all of our students is our top priority. I commend Commissioner Larry Scott for his leadership during these challenging times and look forward to resuming athletic competition when it’s safe to do so.”

The conference also announced Tuesday that when conditions improve it would consider a return to competition for impacted sports after Jan. 1, 2021.

“While WSU supports the Pac-12 decision, there is a profound sadness and disappointment for our fall sports student-athletes, coaches and staff,” said WSU Director of Athletics Pat Chun. “They gave extraordinary effort to create an environment committed to health, safety and well-being since their voluntary return in June. The commitment, patience and hard work they have shown should be commended. This year continues to be a winding road with unforeseen twists and turns. Regardless, as a WSU Athletics Family, we will continue to serve, support and prioritize our student-athletes in all we do.”

Student-athletes impacted by the postponement will continue to have their scholarships guaranteed.

Read more about the decision’s impact on WSU and other Pac-12 schools on the Pac-12 Conference website.