As the #WeWantToPlay movement continues to spread throughout the college football world, two conferences have reportedly decided on playing this fall.
According to Stadium insider Brett McMurphy, both Conference USA and the Sun Belt Conference are moving forward with the college football season.
“Conference USA schools still planning to play football this fall, even [with] league member [Old Dominion] canceling fall season,” McMurphy reported. “C-USA ADs met today [and] are “holding firm on playing in fall.”‘
“Sun Belt Conference plans to follow SEC’s lead & play sports this fall,” McMurphy said in another tweet.
This news comes in the midst of a back-and-forth between the Big Ten and Pac-12 and the SEC and ACC, with the former schools internally pushing for the cancellation of the 2020 fall football season and the latter schools fighting to figure out a way to play the season as planned. The Big 12 is reportedly on the fence regarding its stance on the issue.
This morning on his radio show, Dan Patrick not only confirmed the SEC’s interest in playing this season, but reported that the conference is actually courting teams from the ACC and Big 12 to form a “super conference” this fall.
“The Big Ten and Pac-12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow,” Patrick said, via a source. “The ACC and Big 12 are on the fence. The SEC is trying to get a delay to have teams join them. The SEC is looking at exclusive TV contracts…They’re trying to buy time to see if the ACC or Big 12 will go along with them.”
“The SEC is trying to see if they can pick off some of these schools and see if they want to join them,” Patrick continued. “If you can get Texas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 and they’re going to join you in the SEC, you’ve got a super conference.”
While the Big Ten was the first Power Five conference to internally push for the cancellation of the season, high-profile coaches within the league such as Jim Harbaugh (Michigan), Scott Frost (Nebraska), Ryan Day (Ohio State), and James Franklin (Penn State) all released public statements in favor of playing the season on time, with Frost going as far as to say Nebraska would go outside the conference to play games if the Big Ten backed out.
“We’re a proud member of the Big Ten,” Frost told reporters on Tuesday. “We want to play a Big Ten schedule. I think the only reason we would look at any other options is if for some reason the Big Ten wasn’t playing and only a handful of teams from the Big Ten wanted to continue playing. I think if that’s the case, I think we’re prepared to look at any and all options.”
Ohio State coach Ryan Day shared similar thoughts, noting the team would look at “every option” if the Big Ten moves forward with a cancellation.
“We need to look at every option,” Day told ESPN, via Albert Breer. “And if that’s the only option, we need to explore it and see if that’s something we can do.”
Ohio State coach Ryan Day was just asked on ESPN about playing in another conference if the Big Ten shuts down: "We need to look at every option. And if that's the only option, we need to explore it and see if that's something we can do."
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 10, 2020
While the Sun Belt and Conference USA are moving forward as scheduled, the Ivy League, MAC, and Mountain West Conference, along with individual programs such as UCONN and Old Dominion have all canceled the fall 2020 football season.