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:
"The Big Ten Thanksgiving start is a very long shot. More Support for late January and an 8 game schedule…" Dan has update on why it will be difficult for the Big Ten to come back earlier pic.twitter.com/85Ui7rTY8o
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 31, 2020
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.