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Big Ten and Pac-12 push decisions: “Starting to feel like delay more than cancel”

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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.”

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.”

ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg also reported that no news is expected from the Big Ten this evening, with more meetings scheduled for tomorrow morning.

Did college coaches and athletes speak a season into existence?

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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6 Comments for Big Ten and Pac-12 push decisions: “Starting to feel like delay more than cancel”

  1. Lip Man 1
    11:12 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Tell that to the story at ESPN stating the number of kids doctors now think have heart issues from the virus. And by kids I mean athletes in the Big-10, at least five that are known right now.

    Pure stupidity.

    • east-ky-boy
      11:35 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Football don’t give you the virus! They are safer in a CONTROLLED environment. The are tested everyday! So you’re saying, hey let’s let these kids who some come from inner city and have no health insurance not play football. And may end up with the virus and may never know.

  2. kentuckybackupplayer
    11:35 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    the not big ten and the 12 pack begged the other conferences to cancel football and the other conferences laughed at them so they are now eating crow. i wish it was buckeyes instead because they are a poison nut.

  3. PensacolaCat
    12:35 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Looks like we will have a season after all. Bunch of hand wringing for nothing.

  4. DelrayCat
    12:41 am August 11, 2020 Permalink

    The universities are making sure they get all those tuition checks cleared at the bank before canceling the season. The prospect of no football and potentially a dangerous campus atmosphere might drive many of those parents of out-of-state and foreign students who are paying the most in tuition to decide against sending their kids there this fall. Perhaps many might decide to keep theirs at home at the local community college or some other cheap online option.

  5. BigBluSoTru
    9:54 am August 11, 2020 Permalink


    Sources have confirmed Calipari spoke with Big Ten officials to delay CFB vote.

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