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Pac-12 Scraps 9 a.m. Kickoff Idea — For Now

Paul Steinbach

The Pac-12 won't be kicking off football games in the morning this season, but the idea is not off the table.

As reported by the Associated Press, Pac-12 spokesman Andrew Walker said Wednesday that some schools are still interested in playing games that can be slotted into the noon Eastern time window by broadcast partner Fox. That means 9 a.m. kickoffs for the schools in the Pacific time zone and 10 a.m. in the Mountain time zone.

Related: Could 9 a.m. Kickoffs Be Coming to Pac-12 Football?

Walker says further discussion is needed and the earliest any morning games would be scheduled is 2020. The Pac-12 has eight schools in the Pacific time zone and four on Mountain time. The Arizona schools play part of their season on the equivalent of Pacific time because most of the state does not use daylight saving time.

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