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:
Randy Wade tells me he's organizing a "peaceful protest" at the Big Ten headquarters on Friday. Hoping to get other Big Ten programs on board. Seems some Iowa parents got the word. https://t.co/DO7uNGNS5F
— billlandis25 (@BillLandis25) August 18, 2020
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.