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Big Ten postpones fall college football season, will attempt to play in the spring

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The Big Ten is officially moving its college football season to the spring.

After rumors of a cancellation spread on Sunday evening and into Monday, the Big Ten has instead decided to postpone the fall season and attempt to play in the spring.

“The Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic,” the league wrote in a press release. “In making its decision, which was based on multiple factors, the Big Ten Conference relied on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.”

“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President.

“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.

“We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.

The fall sports included in this announcement are men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring. Decisions regarding winter and spring sports will also continue to be evaluated.

The Big Ten becomes the first Power Five conference to postpone the season, while the Ivy League, MAC, and Mountain West Conference, along with individual programs such as UCONN and Old Dominion all decided to cancel its fall football season.

Among other Power Five conferences, the Pac-12 is expected to follow the Big Ten’s lead, with Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports reporting that an announcement could come as early as today.

Meanwhile, the ACC, Big 12 and SEC are all planning to move forward with football as planned.

Monday evening, Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger broke the news that the American Athletic Conference is planning to play its 2020 season as scheduled, with Stadium insider Brett McMurphy also reporting that the Sun Belt Conference and Conference USA are also moving forward with the season.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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24 Comments for Big Ten postpones fall college football season, will attempt to play in the spring

  1. espn8122
    3:19 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Big win for the coronabros. You have liberals in those states like Michigan. After Trump supported it you knew they would go against it. It does not have a thing to do with the kids, but it has a lot to do with their agenda. We all can be miserable now like the coronabros.

    • RealCatsFan
      4:41 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Now where’s my box of popcorn?…

    • PensacolaCat
      6:32 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      All truth espn

    • RealCatsFan
      7:46 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      So you still think the virus is a hoax, huh? Maybe if the pandemic wasn’t turned into a political football (no pun intended) by both parties we could have locked this thing down enough to actually have sporting events this fall. We had elected officials denying the science and the advice of actual healthcare professionals until we had no choice but to take drastic measures. I’m probably wasting my time even saying anything because it’s pretty obvious that a lot of people made their minds up based on political party a long time ago. We reap what we sow.

    • kjd
      7:03 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      The hoax: There’s no treatment for Covid-19. Treatment options have been shut down by politicians and Big Pharma. Neither care for we, the people, health and well being.

    • satcheluk
      10:36 am August 12, 2020 Permalink

      I’ve got COVID. Three weeks of debilitating fever ended on Friday and now I just feel like I have mononucleosis. I asked my doctors what treatments they could offer and they told me Tylenol and Motrin to control the fever and there was nothing else since my lungs cleared up quickly. If you think this is a hoax, feel free to come over to my home.

  2. lexslamman
    3:20 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Wise move on their part. Shouldn’t take chances with these young people’s lives no matter how much of a cash cow football is.

  3. Big Bry 1
    3:33 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    So… is OSU, MIch & Nebraska gonna play as their coaches stated?

    • CJKAssassin123
      3:41 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      It is a possibility. They may strike a one season deal with the SEC,ACC,or Big 12 to play football In the fall. It won’t matter because in the end the only conference that will end up playing football in the fall will be the SEC. So we could be on the brink of a super conference that includes teams like Ohio State, Oklahoma,Texas, Michigan,ND,OKST,Baylor, Minnesota,MSU,Penn State,Texas Tech,and West Virginia. Among other possible schools. Things are about to get real,real interesting.

    • CJKAssassin123
      3:42 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Add Nabraska to that list forgot to mention the Cornhuskers.

    • SuperTroy18
      3:52 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      As long as UL isn’t involved, I’m all for it. I like them being on the outside, looking in. Ha.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:01 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      And the SEC can use this as a recruiting tool, IF they decide in the near future to expand to 16 teams:

      “Hey, Scott Frost, how did you like that trip to Gainesville? Wouldn’t you like a home and home every year so you can get your players out of Lincoln when it’s 5 below zero in November and enjoy the sunshine for a day or 2?”

    • WKY Cat
      4:13 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      They won’t be playing in the SEC. Sankey said this morning that there’s a bunch of contract issues, IE it won’t happen.

  4. lexslamman
    3:34 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    We should value the health and safety of athletes more than we value the entertainment and financial profit we derive from their competition.

    • Big Bry 1
      3:35 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Using that logic exclusively, you could seriously debate the reasoning for having ANY football due to CTE concerns?

    • lexslamman
      3:49 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      I can and do argue that all the time. No minor should be involved in full contact football. Professionals are different. I would like to see the protections for collegiate players be similar to the level of difference between protections for amateur versus pro boxers. It’s no joke: Most of these kids are going to need their brains intact and healthy, there are still relatively few opportunities to play football (or any other sport) professionally.

    • east-ky-boy
      4:28 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      If that’s the case then football should be banned. It’s a contact sport. Always has been. Kids and parents know the risk when they suit up.

    • Big Bry 1
      5:56 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Excellent point

    • PensacolaCat
      6:38 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      I guess we better ban football for the rest of history then.

  5. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    3:58 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    NO ONE is going to play in the spring. Get outta here with that crap. And I’m not one who usually predicts the future in such absolutes, but for the 1000th time, 2 seasons in 9 months? PFFFTTT!!! DOUBLE PFFFFFFTTTTTT!!!!!!

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:05 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Not to mention that they won’t be eligible to compete for a natty. I guess it will be an all SEC/ACC CFP, unless they add some of the teams from the conferences with 10 and 12 in their names.

  6. Lip Man 1
    4:09 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Big Bry and others: Regarding the possibility of schools “moving” to join another league that plays to play as this story points out, legally it is almost impossible because of the TV contracts:


    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      7:15 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

      Enlightening article. I didn’t think about the TV contracts preventing this. I wonder if these schools could work out something with their networks, or if they could somehow declare themselves as “independents” for 1 year? I would guess not, but it’s an interesting thought.

  7. east-ky-boy
    4:26 pm August 11, 2020 Permalink

    Why ain’t people listening to the players and their families???? Yes this is real. Not saying that BUT definitely being used as a political advantage. We can’t believe all the numbers. My doctor has sent in a made up name and sent with it a test never used and it came back positive lol

    The players say they feel Safer if that play! Their reason is, they will be tested almost daily. If by some chance they get it, they now have access to great healthcare and being watched. They know they are playing against people who have tested negative as well. There shouldn’t be fans. I do feel that. But some of these kids are poor and don’t even have health insurance. If there is no football then just like us, they can have it and never know it