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Big Ten Parents Voice Concerns In Front Of Conference Headquarters

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Parents of Big Ten players descended upon conference headquarters this morning to voice their concern with how the fall football season was canceled and the lack of transparency out of commissioner Kevin Warren. Outkick’s Ryan Glasspiegel was on the ground to talk to parents who want answers from Warren.

“We want to know what has to happen in different areas around these schools for us to move forward safely,” Randy Wade, father of OSU CB Shaun Wade said to the gathered media. “We don’t want them to just say we can’t play because of uncertainty.”

“I’m military, you’re always going to have uncertainty,” Wade added.

Julie Waggoner, the mother of Iowa DE John Waggoner, said she saw “feeling” in Warren’s letter to the Big Ten community and that was worrisome. “We understand some people having fear, but we need to lead with facts and not with fear.”

The blame lays with the Big Ten for a lack of communication, according to Jeff Borland, the father of Ohio State LB Tuf Borland.

“These kids have virtually self-quarantined for three months and worked their tails off and done everything the NCAA and the university have asked them to do,” Jeff Borland said. “To have the rug pulled out from underneath them at the last minute with really no additional information is really a shame.”

Commissioner Warren has said the decision to cancel fall sports is final. According to Glasspiegel, police are keeping people off the Big Ten’s property and Big Ten representatives have not met with the parents.

“You can’t tell us that the Big Ten can’t get it together,That the ACC can get it together. That the SEC can get it together. The Big Ten can do the same,” Andrea Tate, the mother of Ohio State cornerback Sevyn Banks, said during a passionate speech.

“We need the Big Ten Conference to stand and fight.”

Randy Wade said that he’d like to see Warren hold a Zoom call with all 14 parent associations to clarify how decisions were made.

“We don’t like how the decision went down and not knowing whether they voted or didn’t vote” he said. “Our kids wear Big Ten on every jersey. We represent the Big Ten. It’s just not good to have a kid disappointed over something he can’t control.”

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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