Justin Fields and Nebraska Football Parents Latest to Ask Big Ten to Reverse Decision

Another day’s gone by, which means that more people are calling on the Big Ten and their commissioner Kevin Warren to un-cancel the football season. The latest voices include Ohio State quarterback and Heisman Trophy finalist Justin Fields, and 81 parents of Nebraska football players.

Justin Fields penned a petition on moveon.org on Sunday, and it has already garnered over 225,000 signatures.

“We, the football players of the Big Ten, together with the fans and supporters of college football, request that the Big Ten Conference immediately reinstate the 2020 football season,” Fields wrote. “Allow Big Ten players/teams to make their own choice as to whether they wish to play or opt out this fall season. Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion.”

“We want to play,” Fields’ petition continued. “We believe that safety protocols have been established and can be maintained to mitigate concerns of exposure to Covid 19. We believe that we should have the right to make decisions about what is best for our health and our future. Don’t let our hard work and sacrifice be in vain. #LetUsPlay!”

81 parents of Nebraska football players wrote the following letter:

As I wrote on Sunday: Outkick has been banging the drum all week that the Big Ten and their lapdog followers in the Pac-12 acted haphazardly. The Big Ten made their decision to cancel the season about five minutes after they released their schedule. Parents of football players at IowaOhio State, and Penn State have asked Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren to reconsider. A University of Michigan cardiologist essentially says the conference relied on a study that has more holes in it than a 1972 Grateful Dead tour t-shirt.

The Big Ten canceled their season so early that perhaps they could undo it. What that would functionally require, though, is for Ohio State to reverse course from what athletic director Gene Smith said about not playing elsewhere and preparing for a Spring season. (As we’ve said numerous times, a Spring season is a pipe dream — it will be flu season in Big Ten country, a vaccine is unlikely to be available to young/healthy athletes, and playing 18 games in a calendar year is irresponsible.)

If Ohio State throws their institutional weight around un-canceling the season, the Big Ten would have to listen. Ohio State generates FAR more money for the conference than they extract. As a sidenote, it’s absolutely insane that their vote counted the same as Maryland and Rutgers in this equation. That would be like if California had the same amount of electoral votes as South Dakota or Wyoming.

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. I hope more parents of players at other Big 10 schools do the same. The Pac 12 well who really cares. Perhaps, USC, Oregon, Arizona (for basketball), UCLA (for basketball) and Washington join the Big 12 and be done with it, but I digress. There is no reason not to play football this fall. The schools are being safe and the best place for athletes to be is on campus surrounded by trainers and medical staff.

  2. Great piece Ryan.

    Each of the Big 10 schools are powerful, but Ohio State is the Elephant in the Room and could change this move by the Big 14.

    It’s Already half way through August and this should not have been decided now.

    If I were an athlete at any of these schools (or a student) I would try to get out ASAP!

    Sorry Big 10 fans. You don’t need one of those big schools as much as they need you.

  3. Quick Side Note:

    Sunday fox sports radio hosts Steve Hartman and Rich HornyBerger we’re arguing about Big 10 network. It got heated. I think a producer told them to calm down, but before they did, Hartman says to BaconBerger, ‘what are the ratings of the Big 10 network gonna be if they don’t play sports?’ Hornberger replies, ‘zero’.

    Mic 🎤 drop.

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