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Big 12 announces new schedule and COVID-19 testing protocols

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Chuba Hubbard, Phillip Redwine-Bryant, Amen Ogbongbemiga and Kolby Harvell-Peel walk arm-in-arm before the Oklahoma State vs. Baylor football game on Saturday Oct. 19, 2019, in Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater.

The Big 12 has issued a long-awaited statement following the Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday. 

The Big 12 has decided to go forward with playing fall sports including football. 

 The Big 12 released the following statement following their meeting:

"Ultimately, our student-athletes have indicated their desire to compete in the sports they love this season and it is up to all of us to deliver a safe, medically sound and structured academic and athletic environment for accomplishing that outcome," Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said. 

The Big 12 also adjusted its testing measures for "high contact" sports, which includes football and soccer. The new measures include three COVID-19 tests per week. In order to return to play after a positive test the player or staff member will have to go through an EKG, blood tests and a cardiac MRI among other tests. 

Non conference football teams that wish to play a Big 12 team will have to conform to the Big 12 guidelines a week prior to the scheduled game. 

Along with the updated COVID-19 testing requirements the Big 12 also updated the conference football schedule. 

OSU will open the season with Tulsa on Sept. 12 after officially removing Western Illinois from the schedule. 

OSU will now open the conference schedule on Sept. 26 with a home game against West Virginia. Bedlam will be held in Norman on Nov. 21. OSU was scheduled to open with TCU, but that game will now be the final game of the season for the Cowboys.