Big Ten Football Parents Planning Peaceful Protest at Chicago HQ

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Yesterday, we noted that Randy Wade, father of star Ohio State defensive back and potential top-10 NFL Draft pick Shaun Wade, was flying from Orlando to Big Ten headquarters in Chicago looking for answers about the canceled football season.

These tweets from reporters from The Athletic indicate that Wade is hoping to be joined by other Ohio State parents as well as parents from other programs, and that Iowa will also be represented this Friday:

There’s probably nothing Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren or anyone else involved with the conference can say that will leave them feeling satisfied about the decision, but it’ll be interesting to see how many parents they can organize and how many programs are represented. It’s also another sign that this story isn’t going to go away for the Big Ten. As long as the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 still have football season planned, and especially if/when they’re playing actual games, the Big Ten is going to hear about it.

Parents of players at Ohio State, Iowa, Nebraska, and Penn State have written letters asking the Big Ten to reconsider their decision. So has star Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, who talked about it on Good Morning America today.

In case you missed it, check out this story about how Ohio State was reportedly trying to mobilize Iowa, Nebraska, Penn State, Wisconsin, and Michigan, but that Michigan governor Gretchen Whitmer has allegedly been a “roadblock” to high school and college football happening in the state.

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. So, based on my understanding of what Peaceful Protest (TM) now means, these parents will be burning buildings, looting, throwing bricks, frozen water bottles, Molotov cocktails at police and assaulting innocent bystanders. To the applause of the MSM, yes?

    This makes me think: given the Orwellian language distortion going on, now that Peaceful Protest has come to mean its opposite, I guess we need a new word(s) for … peaceful protest.

    Non-felonious assembly?

  2. I’m sure the appoints Kevin Warren will handle this, since he was hired to handle this stuff, but appears unqualified to handle this stuff, but will still be called ‘commissioner’ even though he is not. He is a figurehead.

    Redskins do this every-time they have bad press. They hire someone with all the bells and whistles that they are running something, but never really do.

    This year was so bad for the Skins (remove name here), they hired a local female tv journalist with no history with the team or sports to run the Redskins broadcast that noone listens to. And they hired an ex NFL running back to run the business side of the Redskins for Dan Snyder.

    Each are Figureheads by definition.

    So is Kevin Warren to the Big 10 COmmish job!

  3. Love that the first two comments had the exact same thought I did. “Peaceful Protest” good luck with that.
    Need more people to call out Warren on his hypocrisy concerning his son playing at Mississippi State, and 1200 or so B1G football players not playing at all.

  4. Those parents best be careful. I agree that they will be baited and their protest could get hijacked. I hope not but we’ve all seen too much stupidity over the past few months.

    As for the Commish, he probably caught the first train to Starkville.

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