Dan Patrick Passes Along Latest Big Ten “Plan” That is Still Nonsensical

Dan Patrick, who was the first to report that Big Ten chancellors and presidents were voting to cancel fall football season, weighed in today with the latest on the conference’s plans:

Dan Patrick said he got the following text from the same source that said Big Ten and Pac-12 football seasons would be canceled:

“Was told that the Big Ten Thanksgiving start is a very long shot. More support for late January and an eight-game schedule. A number of players will opt out and 2021 fall season will be adjusted with the amount of padded practices and contact. The Big Ten is trying to save face but they missed their window in the fall. Going now only complicates everything.”

This sounds a lot like Jeff Brohm’s plan from a few weeks ago, which was a bad idea then and remains one today.

Playing in the winter remains an astronomically stupid plan for the Big Ten. The best players will opt out which will make it feel like rinky dink football. January and February is the height of flu season. It is highly unlikely that a vaccine will be available to some of the healthiest 18-22 year-olds in the country.

But the real kicker is eight games in the winter plus 10 or more games in the Fall would be 18 games in a calendar year, which is far too much wear and tear on these players’ bodies. Reducing some padded practices down the line is supposed to mitigate that?

The Big Ten admitting they were rash and salvaging some type of Fall season is not more complicated than this stupid idea of playing in the Winter and Spring. Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and the university presidents and chancellors are getting deeper and deeper without a paddle. What a disaster.

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. Spring football is a disaster waiting to happen. That said, I gave it some thought.

    Let’s assume SEC, Big 12, and ACC (among others) all play. They play their entire schedules. This means that there is recent game tape on those prospects whereas the Big 10 and Pac 12 prospects wouldn’t have it. We all know that society is about what have you done for me lately.

    Is there any chance that some major Big Ten / Pac 12 prospects play a few games before bailing out around midseason (February)? These players would have a couple big games to retain / improve their draft stock. Then they quit to prepare for the combine.

    Unethical to do that to the team? Yeah; however, the presidents and executives are the ones who’ve put players in this awkward predicament. They’re not playing for a national championship. At most, their national championship will be a Rose Bowl game against one another.

    Could we see these kinds of politics play into spring football with players leaving after milestone performances?

  2. Coaches need to man up and refuse to play a November or January/February start date. They are taking away a chance for any member team to compete for a National Title this year and putting them at a disadvantage in 2021 due to playing 8 games when other teams are recuperating and preparing for 2021. Don’t bail Warren out in ant capacity.

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