Big Ten Conference Officially Cancels Fall Football Season
Presidents and Chancellors in the Big Ten Conference voted Tuesday to postpone football until the Spring of 2021. The conference also has postponed all fall sports that it offers to Spring 2021. Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren told Big Ten Network. “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. 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. We have to deal with the issues presented in front of us.”
The PAC-12 followed the Big Ten’s lead and also voted to postpone all fall sports. That makes those two conferences the 1st of the Power 5 leagues to do so.
Nebraska Head Coach Scott Frost expressed his disappointment in the decision. On Monday he said his program was prepared to look at any and every option. On Tuesday the University Of Nebraska administration released a join statement that said ” “We have been and continue to be ready to play. Based on conversations with our medical experts, we continue to strongly believe the absolute safest place for our student athletes is within the rigorous safety protocols, testing procedures, and structure provided by Husker Athletics.”
The ACC and SEC both as of Tuesday Afternoon seemed still poised to continue with their plans to play this fall. The intentions of the Big 12 have not been made completely clear as some member schools seem to disagree on whether to play this fall or not. The question on everybody’s mind seems to be how much does postponing the season to Spring actually help to ensure the season happens?