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Malepeai reflects on decision to postpone Pac-12 season

Vavae Malepeai with an American Samoa flag in the background
Source: Hawaii News Now

Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA — The Pac-12 Conference announced on Tuesday that they will postpone all fall sports until at least January 2021 — including football.

For players like USC senior Vavae Malepeai, today’s decision offered clarity instead of shock.

“I guess (the decision was) not too surprising, but it is different now that it’s actually been announced and it’s real,” Malapeai told Hawaii News Now. “But at this point it’s just about controlling what we can control.”

The coronavirus pandemic has sent college football scrambling, trying to figure out a way to compete safely. But with the ever changing landscape of the pandemic, the Pac-12 took the necessary measures to ensure the athletes well-being.

“There is a lot of uncertainty.” Malapeai said. “So this is the best for the health and safety of the student athletes right now.”

The former Mililani Trojan and his current USC Trojan teammates will take the next few weeks to figure out what comes next for their program.

“We’re finishing out this week of training and then following what else is to come next.”Malepeai said.

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