The Big 10 has finally announced a decision on what they plan to do with their 2020 fall college football season and they’ve settled on canceling.
“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 announcement states that the conference will evaluate playing the fall sports that include football, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball in the spring of 2021.
I don’t know how they believe this is going to work out for them in the long run with football because you’re not only asking kids to play during cold and flu season in January and February but then to also turn around and start another season a mere three to four months later.
The Big Ten is a disaster. And spring isn’t happening. Feel bad for Big Ten fans.
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 11, 2020
There is no word on whether the other conferences will follow suit, but it seems the PAC-12 most likely will.
Now the question becomes whether or not Nebraska manages to figure out a way to play in the SEC, ACC, or Big 12 and whether any other schools will join them.