Big Ten changes their mind: cancels 2020 fall sports

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Big Ten Conference has flip-flopped on their decision. On Tuesday, the Big Ten Conference Presidents have voted to cancel the 2020 college football season.

The conference Presidents also elected to postpone all their fall sports. The attempt will be made to try to make them up in the fall, but that may be near impossible.

Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren speaking with the media
Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren speaking with the media (Photo by the Associated Press/Charles Rex Arbogast)

“We just believed collectively there’s too much uncertainty at this point in time in our country to encourage our student-athletes to participate in fall sports,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said. “It doesn’t mean that we’re giving up forever. We continually have to gather information and look forward to the future. But there’s so much uncertainty. This is a very, very trying time. This is one of those days you really hope in your career you never have to deal with these kinds of issues. But that’s not the case in life.”

Just last week on Wednesday, August 5th, the Big Ten Conference said that they will play a conference only schedule for the fall. This meant that all their conference teams would play each other, including in football.

With this decision, the Big Ten Conference are the first of the Power 5 Conferences to cancel their fall sports. This leaves the four other conferences to make a decision, whether they will be sidelined or they will play.

The Big Ten Conference and the Mid-American Conference are the lone FBS conferences to cancel their seasons since this past Saturday, August 8th. These conferences are worried that with college campuses closed and the coronavirus pandemic still going on, it could spread to their players with high risk athletes, like football players.

Yet, on Monday, college athletes, including football players, went to social media with messages that they wanted to play the season. These players even received their own support from the President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, who also supported their decision to want to play.

Nebraska — who resides in the Big Ten Conference — is willing to play other teams, according to head coach Scott Frost, in a press conference earlier this week.

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