Big 12 Joins SEC and ACC in Not Making Rash Decisions About Football Season

For now there’s still hope. Every college football reporter you’ve heard of (Bruce Feldman, Pete Thamel, etc.) is saying that the Big 12 for now at least is siding with the SEC and ACC over the Big Ten and Pac-12 in terms of not being ready to cancel football season yet.

SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has been forthright: no one can say for sure there will be football season, but it’s too soon to cancel for the Fall.

During this period of uncertainty the Big Ten and Pac-12 should be prepared for open season. This will apply to transfers — we’re seeing high school players move halfway across the country so they can have a football season. You think that won’t happen to a degree in college? Even with eligibility rules, if you transfer there’s no cost because your school isn’t playing this Fall anyways.

We are also going to see a lot of chatter about Big Ten schools joining other conferences. Nebraska has been the most aggressive in courting suitors. I get it they’re not that good. Where it gets interesting is Ohio State head coach Ryan Day and Penn State head coach James Franklin have intimated that they would explore options. Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh was adamant in his disagreement of canceling football season now.

Who knows how their university administrators would feel about joining another conference this year, but then again who knows who is really more powerful when push comes to shove — big time football coaches or university presidents?

Even if little to no program poaching comes to fruition, the Big Ten and to a lesser extent the Pac-12, who have been using the Big Ten as a meat shield to jump first this whole time, will deserve all the rumors and innuendo coming their way over the next several weeks. Let’s especially see what happens with Ohio State, whose president Kristina Johnson reportedly did not wish to vote to cancel the season as recently as Monday.

We’ll see if the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 can pull this off, but they deserve credit for not abandoning their seasons too soon.


Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Nebraska jumping conferences would be a huge deal. No need to qualify it. Yes, they’re not a national title contender. But they’re still a big time program. That would make waves.

    • Huge opportunity for the Big 12 to retake Nebraska, essentially a “We’ll plug you in right now for 8 conference games, and all we ask in return is a commitment to stay in the conference for 5 years with the option to stay permanently”.

  2. The Big 10 and Pac 12 can forget about any championships for the next decade or more, there won’t be a 4 or 5 star athlete who will commit to any of those schools. None of them give a hoot about academics, they only care about their draft position and not having a season isn’t going to improve that.
    These Presidents and AD’s that spill BS about player safety are just doing a CYA so no player can sue them for getting COVID.

  3. I get Nebraska shopping around for a place to play, they had the backing of the school president who actually had the balls to vote to play. How does Ohio State or Michigan go play somewhere else against the wishes of their chancellor or president? That would be like the USA voting not to go to war and having the military just decide to go do it anyway. Doesn’t make sense to me.

    • I think they are screwed, going to be hard to get enough games when the ACC and SEC are all playing 10 conference games. Big 12 (8) has room for them this year. But neither Michigan or Ohio State are leaving the Big 10 over this.

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