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Big 10 Opts to Postpone Fall Season and Attempt to Play Spring 2021

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.

There is no word on whether the other conferences will follow suit, but it seems the PAC-12 most likely will.

To this point, it sounds like the SEC, Big 12, and ACC are committed to playing this fall.

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.

Written by Michael Shamburger

Michael has 11+ years covering golf and college football. He's walked alongside Tiger, bleeds Purple and Gold, and is thankful for Joe Burrow! DBAP

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  1. So dissapointed in the Big Ten, they gave into the the 3 narrative techniques of fear mongering. 1) Repetition, 2) The depictoin of isolated incidents as trends, and 3) misdirection. This wasnt about deaths and real risks to college atheletes, it was about scaring the commisioner and coaches that if anything bad happened blood would be on their hands.

  2. By spring athletes and coaches will have to choose a sport. Some will just skip it and get ready for the draft. And this “deadly virus” will still be here. Vaccine or not.

  3. Colleges are a disaster. They should terminate all football and let the NFL privatize the college athletes as a minor league of sorts. Lease the facilities back from the schools, hire the players and play a season of minor league football. The WOKE schools could wash their hands of the liability and perhaps still make some money on their infrastructure. Do same for basketball and just kill all other sports that cannot be run profitable.

  4. Just imagine if the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 end up playing and having fantastic seasons with record breaking ratings, it will be a lot of fun to watch the arrogant Big 10 squirm as their decision looks more preposterous by the week.

    If they can pull off playing this year, there’s a lot going in their favor.

    – 10 Conference games instead of the usual fluff games that no one wants to watch

    – A lot of people pissed at the NFL who want to watch politics free sports like the PGA has been and college football has a great chance to be.

  5. Man where are the real leaders when you need them let’s just shut everything down amazing how America has changed in just a few months. I’m not sure if there will be any football college or pro if these pathetic snowflakes keep getting their way very sad to say hope i’m wrong.

  6. “Potential medical risks” you mean like concussions, permanent brain injury, paralysis (very rare), torn up knees? Hypocrites. This is a joke. I think some of the BigTen brass would like to see sports de-emphasized, but that is just speculation. If the conference dies it deserves it, and I say that as a BigTen guy. Many of the Presidents and conference administrators are weak, feckless phonies.

    Looks like the Coronabros won this battle.

  7. It is a sad reality when they mention the health and well being of the “student-athlete” (when we all know, especially football, the true inherent risk is one play literally away) and yet the campuses are fine letting students on there and collecting student tuition. Where are their safety protocols? Is drama still on? Can we protest on campus? Of course we can cause because the Coronabro “Media” Boss says it is okay..What the hell has the country become?? Just sad..

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