In the fall of 2020, the Pac-12 pandered to anti-Trumpers by insisting on cancelling its football season, ostensibly due to the coronavirus pandemic, while most other conferences played on. When the Pac-12 became the final holdout in refusing to allow games, it falsely pretended that state restrictions were preventing it from resuming its season and then tried to delay the restart until after Election Day. When the Pac-12 finally agreed to restart its football season in 2020, it insisted on delaying it more than an additional six weeks until after Election Day to restart it, in order to avoid any small boost to President Trump who had opposed canceling the season.
Though football is the conference's major financial driver, the conference is also known for success in basketball (UCLA was at one time the premier program in the country under John Wooden, and Arizona has been successful of late), softball (previously nearly all national champions came from the conference) and non-revenue Olympic sports (women's gymnastics being the most well-known).
The Pac-12 is comprised of the following universities:
- Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (Sun Devils)
- University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona (Wildcats)
- University of California, Berkeley, California (Golden Bears)
- University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado (Buffaloes)
- University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon (Ducks)
- Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon (Beavers)
- Stanford University, Stanford, California (Cardinals)
- University of California, Los Angeles, California (Bruins)
- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California (Trojans)
- University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah (Utes)
- University of Washington, Seattle, Washington (Huskies)
- Washington State University, Pullman, Washington (Cougars)