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Big Ten parents pushing conference to reconsider postponement of 2020 football season

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The Big Ten has officially postponed its football season to the spring, but parents of players are pushing the conference to reconsider.

After the Big Ten announced the postponement earlier in the week, parents of the Iowa and Ohio State football teams spoke out against the decision and asked the league for a meeting with commissioner Kevin Warren to “get direct answers and to have a say in the decision-making process.” In short, they want to know how the conference went from releasing a schedule on Aug. 5 to postponing the entire season just six days later on Aug. 11.

“The Big Ten had months to develop a strategic plan but instead chose to leave it up to each individual school creating confusion, inconsistency and no plan of action,” the letter from Iowa parents stated. “There is time to fix the wrongdoings and come out as leaders. We strongly encourage the Big Ten to reconsider playing the fall college football season, develop a plan of meaningful action and letting these young adults be included in the decision-making process.”

Following the reports of Iowa and Ohio State parents speaking out, Sean Callahan of HuskerOnline.com broke the news that parents of the Nebraska football team are also drafting a letter to sent to the league’s commissioner.

In a feature published by Pat Forde of Sports Illustrated, the following parents – among others – spoke out against the abrupt decision:

  • Pablo Fields, father of Ohio State star quarterback Justin Fields
  • Amanda Babb, stepmom of Ohio State player Kamryn Babb
  • Dianne Freiermuth, mother of Penn State tight end Pat Freiermuth
  • Tim Ford, father of Illinois tight end Luke Ford
  • Maurice Goodson, father of Iowa running back Tyler Goodson

“I felt like the season was pulled out from under them before they got a chance,” said Babb, who is also the head of OSU’s parents association. “They were told by their coaches, ‘We have to follow these safety protocols to have a season,’ and they did. Then it didn’t even matter.”

“The decision just came too quick,” said Freiermuth, who is also the presiident of the Penn State parents organization. “I totally believe in medical experts and think we should be listening to them—if the right thing to do medically is not to play, I’m fine with that. But to go from releasing the schedule to the start of practice to stopping the season, without explanation, is just wrong.”

What could this all mean? According to Forde, college sports attorney Tom Mars said that “several Big Ten players’ parents asked for help” in trying to find a way to play immediately.

As a result, the high-profile attorney produced a two-page document entitled, “Action Plan to Mitigate Concerns and Legal Risks of Playing Fall 2020 Football,” which was given to at least two Big Ten head coaches. From there, the hope is that players, parents, athletic directors, and head coaches, among others, “unite behind a petition to the NCAA to rescind its ban on liability waivers.”

Will the parents’ efforts amount to a change of heart from the Big Ten? That remains to be seen.

Nonetheless, they want answers, and they want them soon.

For more on the pushback from parents, read Forde’s entire piece here. 

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

Follow me on Twitter: @JackPilgrimKSR

22 Comments for Big Ten parents pushing conference to reconsider postponement of 2020 football season



  1. Tom Bombadil
    8:47 pm August 15, 2020 Permalink

    Did em like a yo-yo! Shout out to Satterfield! Lol



  2. mashman 93
    9:14 pm August 15, 2020 Permalink

    The Big10 should listen to what the parents have to say after all they do have students on campus why not play football.



  3. light my fire
    9:36 pm August 15, 2020 Permalink

    Haha Big 10, listen to the liberals and you become Big Loser conference. Hope you all enjoy some SEC football this fall. Maybe your liberal leaders should have worried about the kids and your town’s economy instead of trying not to get Trump re elected



    • satcheluk
      10:16 pm August 15, 2020 Permalink

      So do you think it is conservative to step on the gas entering the unknown of a global pandemic?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      8:29 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

      Tell me what’s unknown about the fact that we know this virus doesn’t affect this age group like it does older people and people with underlying conditions?



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:03 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      There is a known global psyop but no known global pandemic.



  4. satcheluk
    10:04 pm August 15, 2020 Permalink

    Will this settles the college kids are men debate.



  5. mashman 93
    12:04 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

    We are not entering, we are six months into this pandemic. 99% survival and college kids are on campus so why not try to play.



  6. Lip Man 1
    1:29 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Memo to Jack: Your fondest wish ain’t happening dude. Accept it. Then when the other leagues cancel because a kid gets serious ill or God forbid dies, it’ll be easier for you to take.



    • mashman 93
      9:45 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

      ??



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:06 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

      Lip Man, one thing to think about is that all the pro leagues have had almost no cases (MLB, NBA, NHL). The only exception, as I understand it, has been MLB because of the players for the Cardinals and Marlins that broke protocol (Card players going to a casino and Marlin players going to a strip club). If it weren’t for that there were practically no cases, and certainly no hospitalizations.

      Granted, CFB can’t do bubbles like CBB may do I don’t think, but it seems to me if they can’t play football because of Covid, students shouldn’t be going to physical classes either.



    • mashman 93
      10:29 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

      Sorry Chris I said the same thing about students looks like we are on the same page.



    • mashman 93
      10:28 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

      What happens if a regular student dies from attending classes? Most universities have kids going to class, are they signing a waiver? I don’t get the difference.



    • T-Town Cat
      7:06 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      It won’t make the news, but if they can find ONE football player that even tests positive or has symptoms, watch out!



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:54 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

      Oh, sorry I missed that!



  7. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    7:38 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

    It won’t happen. If you still don’t think there is politics involved here:
    https://sports.yahoo.com/can-the-big-ten-swing-a-presidential-election-kevin-warren-wants-to-find-out-180131201.html



    • PensacolaCat
      9:45 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

      I don’t doubt that Warren is a huge lib but didn’t the decision come down to a vote by the college presidents?



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:00 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

      I think so, but that doesn’t mean he may not have been pressuring people behind closed doors so to speak.



    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      10:08 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

      And if he did, the above article could be one of the things he used considering that all the presidents are probably liberal, or if some are not, they aren’t willing to go against the grain in the current climate.



  8. Not Dan Issel
    9:02 am August 16, 2020 Permalink

    Everyone needs to take a look at Sweden. No lockdowns, no masks, no school closures . . . and, NO COVID-19!



    • 4everUKBlue
      12:05 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      BINGO!!!!



    • mashman 93
      1:39 pm August 16, 2020 Permalink

      Could this possibly have to do with something coming up later in the year? Asking for a friend.