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Power 5 conferences talking about no fall football, with Big Ten leading the charge

Uh oh.

ESPN has published a report saying “there is growing concern among college athletics officials that the upcoming football season and other fall sports can’t be played because of the coronavirus pandemic,” according to the worldwide leader’s sources. The report adds the commissioners of the Power 5 conferences held an “emergency meeting” on Sunday to discuss the possibility of a canceled season.

Other reports are also currently coming in regarding the Big Ten specifically. The conference is ready to “pull the plug” on a college football season this fall, but doesn’t want to be the sole conference to come to this conclusion, sources have told ESPN, Sports Illustrated, The Athletic and KSR, among others. A Big Ten official did confirmed to ESPN that no official vote took place during Saturday’s meeting, and a vast majority of Big Ten presidents have indicated they would vote to postpone the football season, hopefully to spring 2021.

After the Mid-American Conference canceled its season Saturday, SI’s Pete Thamel reported the Big Ten presidents held a meeting where “all options are on the table,” adding there was “some presidential momentum for canceling the fall football season.” SI’s Ross Dellenger added, “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).”

“It doesn’t look good,” one Power 5 athletic director told ESPN.

It doesn’t look good at all.

This article will be updated if and when more information becomes available.



Additional information that was available as of 11:00 p.m. Sunday evening:

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

36 Comments for Power 5 conferences talking about no fall football, with Big Ten leading the charge

  1. jwhit80
    7:32 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    If they fear the Corona in the fall, they won’t play in the spring either. Just write it down….

    • satcheluk
      9:22 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

      Tough to write it down when the decisions are based on fluctuating data. Though if there is no vaccine widely distributed by EoY, then I don’t imagine things will be any rosier.

  2. BigBlueFoo42777
    7:42 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    By spring who’s even going to care.

  3. 4everUKBlue
    7:43 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    Best way to not be affected by coronavirus is turn off your TV and don’t read the paper, you’ll be amazed by the results.

    • satcheluk
      9:25 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

      It didn’t prevent me from getting it. Three weeks of fever really sucks. This is not a flu and you need to quit acting like this is a hoax just because you’ve been unaffected so far. Evolved minds have the ability for abstract thought. Even some lower primates have shown that ability, but this since I don’t know anyone affected, then it must be a hoax BS is an embarrassing personality flaw.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      10:53 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

      4ever is an idiot satchel. My next door neighbor’s entire family has it right now including two people that got it before the others knee they had it. He is in good shape and has really struggled with it and he’s only 32! I hope 4ever gets this sh**, he deserves it

    • BallDontLie
      12:06 am August 10, 2020 Permalink


    • Hi Im Reality
      7:26 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

      @Satcheluk – How are you able to surf KSR or even type. Shouldn’t you be in the ICU on a ventilator or in the morgue? Liberal media told me it’s a death sentence! Oh, but it sounds like you’re fine…hmmmm.

    • nocode96
      3:30 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Am usually sheets on your side 4ever, but damn man, Bowden just lost his grandma, my ex wife just lost her mother and 1 sister…. how is it there are still people like you who think this is a joke to be taken lightly? My ex wife’s sister was 34 man, in perfect health, ran marathons. Pretty awful look to still be publicly saying this is all hype.

  4. Lip Man 1
    7:44 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    “Turn Out the Lights, the Party’s Over” and well it should. I hope the pro leagues especially MLB finally takes note with the seemingly endless games being postponed and the injuries mounting.

  5. WKY Cat
    7:53 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    Let everyone cancel but the SEC. Absolutely kill it in the ratings, make more money, helps in recruiting. Game over for the other conferences.

    • michaelb
      7:57 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

      I would love to see the sec be the only remaining conference lol

    • sharpshooter81
      8:17 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

      One is clear, if college football gets cancelled in the fall there will not be college football in the spring either, and you can bet your ass college basketball will be cancelled too. If outside sports are cancelled, no way indoor sports will be played and that is an incontrovertible fact.

  6. JT55
    7:57 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    Winter sports will be next

  7. michaelb
    7:58 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    So kids can go to universities but can’t play ball huh ? Right now is a fine opportunity to form a new ncaa

  8. millertim
    8:14 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    COWARDS!!! Tragic how cravenly weak our nation is becoming with cowardly wusses running conferences, sports, states, etc… Sadly our country is lsoing its strength thanks to an overzealous hate-filled media that desires our downfall…. ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTING… now its overwhelmed our sports!!

  9. ScoggDog
    8:52 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    They seem to think they have a hold of something that everyone can’t do without.

    They’re wrong. This can all go away – and people will move on to something else.

    And ball players will no longer get jackets in high school and tuition checks in college and mansions in the pros – and writers won’t get a dime to talk about any of it. Or open bars with a theme about it. And girls won’t get to wear skirts and prance around about it.

    And life will move on. Who seems to understand this the least – is the folks that make their solemn statements about how this ain’t going to go on. Spoiler Alert – you’re all missing the boat with your pronouncements about how this can’t go on.

    Society will go on. But you may not in this current line of work. Think about that, as you seem to take delight in your pontificating about how football this fall is such a bad, bad idea.

  10. T-Town Cat
    9:30 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    Why should the other Power 5 conferences cover the Big Ten’s butt should they decide not to play?

  11. Southky
    9:33 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    I have a feeling the virus will rapidly decline after the first week of November…..

    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:33 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

      I think we will hear less about it but it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. It’s a bad virus guys

    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:34 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

      And yes, I know. For most people it’s just like the flu or even less… But it’s still so new that we can’t make assumptions about it when we only have 8 months of data vs decades of data with the flu

    • Bluehender
      6:51 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

      It’s not going away in November..You’re an idiot

  12. BigBlueSkyDog
    9:40 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    If the Big 10 cancelled football, would anybody notice?

  13. makeitstop
    11:04 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

    From now on let’s just cancel sports during flu season and allergy season. 20% of the population has had, 80% w no symptoms and 16% w mild flu like symptoms. 4% are hospitalized and most recover. Kids are safest at school. These are elite athletes With no existing co-morbidity. Their risk may not be zero but it’s so close the difference isn’t discernible w the human eye.

    • makeitstop
      11:12 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

      And btw – I know several hospitals who have given everybody nurses and doctors hydroxylchoroquine since the very beginning and used it effectively to prevent and treat the Wuhan virus. If ur that worried and u don’t have a heart condition, there’s ur answer. If u do and it worries by all means don’t play. But let’s do something American and let individuals choose. Not bureaucrats.

    • UKBigBlueForever
      11:36 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink

      Been proven to be ineffective by hundreds of doctors. I guess you think they are all being paid to say that??

    • BallDontLie
      11:33 pm August 9, 2020 Permalink


    • Big Sexy
      1:46 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Also been proven by thousands of doctors worldwide that it is beneficial. Look at India and their 1.5 billion people. It should be rampant there but there are fewer cases than us with people on top of each other, poorer healthcare and less PPE. It could possibly be less testing but they would have to be hiding a lot of deaths too. I think hydroxychloroquine is over the counter there however and they produce a ton of it. Same with Africa. Full of poor countries where hydroxychloroquine is taken often and the death rate is lower than many places. Coincidence? Maybe.

    • Bluehender
      6:53 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

      Is that you Donald?..

    • makeitstop
      7:56 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

      UKbig, which thousands of doctors have proven it ineffective? The non peer reviewed study from a handful of patients in China or the one by the eye doctors at UVa u all touted? Bc it’s the #1 treatment in the world right now.

  14. Blue Bill
    5:04 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    So the students can cram back into classes, dorms, parties…… but can’t play football? Makes sense.

  15. lexslamman
    7:23 am August 10, 2020 Permalink

    Don’t want to say I told you so. Lexington’s pandemic is raging and they’re moving the kids on campus. It’s going to go through central Kentucky like wildfire now.

    Of course, it’s little more than a severe cold virus, but you can’t talk sense into panicked people.

  16. east-ky-boy
    8:42 pm August 10, 2020 Permalink

    They are actually safer playing. It would be a very controlled environment. Tested daily. If by some chance they got a positive test, they would have access to healthcare. If they didn’t play, they would be like us. Could have it with no symptoms and may never know.