The Big Ten announced on Tuesday that they are canceling fall sports — and thus football. While the conference has expressed hope that they can play in the Spring, former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer went on Big Ten Network’s airwaves and declared that idea an impossibility:
Urban Meyer on BTN now.
Asked for his reaction to today's news, Meyer said “heartbreaking, devastation.” On the notion of playing spring football: “No chance.” Said it's unrealistic to ask players to play two seasons within one calendar year. “I really don't see that happening.”
— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) August 11, 2020
Compound having to play two seasons in one calendar year with the fact that it’s unlikely vaccines will be available for young, healthy athletes in just a few months plus the fact that it’s unlikely the virus will be in a better spot during colder months than it is now.
The real story here will be what happens if the SEC, ACC, and Big 12, who haven’t yet announced the cancellation of their seasons, pull this all off. Also, will they be going after Big Ten players and even potentially programs?