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On August 5th the Big Ten released a football schedule that was set to begin as early as the first week of September. On August 11th the Big Ten announced that they are postponing their whole Fall football season.
That tells you all you need to know.
The conference has had five months to prepare for how to deal with this virus, yet they were so disorganized that they released a full schedule and canceled the football season less than a week later?
If you follow the media closely enough, you know that six days is actually as much as twice as much time as elapsed between when the Big Ten released their schedule and when commissioner Kevin Warren decided the season would not happen.
On Saturday and Sunday, leaks were pouring out through the media like a waterfall. To call the Big Ten brass a sieve would be an insult to a tool which actually stops some materials from passing through.
Maybe the rest of the power five conferences follow the Big Ten and they don’t ultimately look too craven to wait this out for a month or two and see if things improve. Maybe they actually pull off Spring football, though it’s hard to imagine this virus will have a vaccine that young, healthy people can access without clawing them away from at-risk citizens by then. It’s also hard to imagine that this virus is better when it’s cold in most of the Big Ten states rather than warm. Who knows.
What we do know is that the Big Ten is lying if they said they had a plan, because if this was actually their plan they would’ve known how stupid it looked for them to cancel the season right after releasing the schedule.
And now we await to see if this blatant disorganization is enough to push any of their member institutions into secession.