After 24 hours of college football coaches and players publicly fighting for the 2020 season to be played this fall, it appears both the Big Ten and Pac-12 are holding off on a final decision this evening.
With pessimism surrounding college football on Sunday evening, several high-profile analysts and insiders hinted at some major cancellations on Monday, specifically with the Big Ten and Pac-12.
Met with pushback from the likes of Ryan Day (Ohio State), Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), James Franklin (Penn State), and Scott Frost, along with countless student-athletes, neither the Big Ten nor Pac-12 announced final decisions on Monday evening.
In fact, momentum appears to be shifting in the direction of a delayed season as opposed to a canceled one for the pair of Power Five conferences.
“Starting to feel like delay more than cancel in both [Big Ten] and [Pac-12],” said Ralph D. Russo of the Associated Press, who previously said the Power Five duo was “trending out.”
Update: starting to feel like delay more than cancel in both B1G and P12. https://t.co/Lf8P6C1emM
— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 11, 2020
According to Bruce Feldman of The Athletic, Pac-12 ADs and coaches met with conference commissioner Larry Scott this evening, but did not come to a final decision. Instead, league presidents are set to vote Tuesday on whether they will “postpone the fall season, delay or proceed.”
Noticeably absent from that language? The word “cancel.”
SOURCE: Pac-12 ADs and coaches met with Larry Scott tonight. League presidents are expected to vote Tuesday on whether the Pac-12 will postpone the fall season, delay or proceed.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 11, 2020
ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg also reported that no news is expected from the Big Ten this evening, with more meetings scheduled for tomorrow morning.
Not expecting any news tonight from #B1G, per sources. More meetings in the morning, sources say. In all my years covering Big Ten, can't remember a day when the league seemed more divided (presidents vs. coaches). Certainly could see presidents opting against a full postponement
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 11, 2020
Did college coaches and athletes speak a season into existence?