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Oh no, the Big Ten may not be playing college football this fall

Well this is not a sentence I’d like to type: A Power Five conference is contemplating cancelling its 2020 college football season. Not good!

Less than an hour after the MAC became the first FBS conference to announce it will not play football this fall, Pete Thamel revealed that Big Ten presidents are meeting today and “all options are on the table.”

Where is this “presidential momentum” coming from? The source is unknown but we can say with certainty that the Big Ten is not alone. SI’s Ross Dellenger says, “Sense across college administrators is that the Pac-12 wouldn’t be far behind the Big Ten, if it were to pull the trigger (and cancel the season).”

Before the discussions begin with Big Ten presidents, the conference released news that is not optimistic. Training camps began this week across the Big Ten. Today they are pressing pause in the progression of camp. Instead of adding shoulder pads to the mix, they will practice with only helmets until told otherwise. To make matters worse, there’s this:

The Big Ten was the first Power Five league to move to a conference-only schedule. Now they could be the first to cancel their 2020 college football season.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

22 Comments for Oh no, the Big Ten may not be playing college football this fall

  1. UKBigBlueForever
    11:55 am August 8, 2020 Permalink

    Why even meet and change to conf only schedule if you are going to turnaround and change your decision weeks later!? Ridiculous

  2. Han
    12:06 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

    Could really use a national strategy from the Federal Govt. on Covid. Still waiting for it to be under control, disappear with the heat, or go away like a miracle.

    • maconvolfan
      12:10 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      It is what it is.

    • claiborne_field
      2:11 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      I got you MVF. Ha!

    • PensacolaCat
      10:08 am August 9, 2020 Permalink

      If you are always waiting for the federal government to tell you what to do, I feel sorry for you.

  3. BigBluSoTru
    12:21 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

    Figures the year we probaly will play for the SEC championship

    • gasman01
      12:22 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      Dream on…..

    • UKinIN
      12:36 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      I seriously doubt that but it could have been a fun year

    • Hi Im Reality
      2:24 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      Thanks for the laugh! Hey, if the season is cancelled we could always declare ourselves SEC and National Champions! We could have our own trophies and rings made, after the fact, like we did with that 50’s championship. It doesn’t matter what the NCAA says.

  4. ClutchCargo
    12:57 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

    Honest question: why should the SEC care about the Big 10 doing whatever they are going to do? If playing the 2020 SEC-only schedule was the right thing to do*, what another conference does doesn’t change that.

    * For the sake of discussion, yes, I am assuming that decision was made for all the right reasons.

    • MississippiBlue
      1:09 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      If everything goes wrong and players face long term health ramifications or death I’d imagine it would be a lot harder for University Presidents and Athletic Directors to come up with a legal defense when their counterparts decided it was too dangerous.

    • Corder
      1:42 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      It’s still a choice. Free will allows each and every person to make The choice to play or not to play. Why is everyone so eager to give up others free will? Let people live their lives just like we did before all of this and quit telling people what’s best for them.

    • Corder
      1:29 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      They shouldn’t. The big 10 went out of their way to say only league games well before everyone else and that’s fine but they are on their own now. They don’t want to play, that’s on them. Shouldn’t effect the SEC one bit.

    • ClutchCargo
      4:42 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      I’m just not seeing it, MississippiBlue. Players already face long long term health ramifications and possible death just from playing the game of football. And it seems that death attributed to COVID-19 is very rare for those under 30.

      But really, my point is that the SEC made a decision to play the season, and it presumably had nothing to do with the Big 10. So the big 10 shutting down their season has nothing to do logically with what the SEC should or will do.

    • PensacolaCat
      10:10 am August 9, 2020 Permalink

      Yes, but it does factor into the bowl season and the legitimacy of the year overall. Can you win a national championship w/o Ohio State, Michigan’s etc., playing?

  5. Blue Bill
    1:22 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink


    • sharpshooter81
      4:00 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      Okay cancel this season. And what do they do next season when the virus is still here and the possibility of no effective and safe vaccine? They going to cancel another season? What about year three with the same circumstances? You can’t keep shutting things down. Got to learn to live with this virus and what better way then to do that now!!

  6. michaelb
    1:42 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink


    • T-Town Cat
      4:40 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

      Honest question: if the main concern is the players testing positive after congregating with other students that return to campus, why would cancelling the season make it less likely the players will catch the virus? If they are actual students and are on campus taking classes, they probably are more likely than if they are in their football bubble.

  7. Lip Man 1
    1:43 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

    A wise move if they cancel. Things need to be shut down as MLB is proving.

  8. Headhurts
    2:59 pm August 8, 2020 Permalink

    SEC let’s go ahead and play at the end of sept. and see how things go if we have to many positives we cancel if not we play, guys play with flu symptoms all the time I’m sure.

  9. Lip Man 1
    12:23 am August 9, 2020 Permalink