Football fans were hoping the pandemic would’ve eased off enough to allow for a full season. But unfortunately, they’re not going to get a full season.
In fact, if you’re a Big 10 fan, you’re not going to get a season at all. It seems coronavirus fears have caused one of the NCAA’s top conferences to make a very difficult decision.
Host Dan Patrick broke the unfortunate news on his radio show today, and it was later confirmed by the Detroit Free Press:
The Big Ten has voted to cancel the 2020 college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic…
According to Dan. each of the school presidents voted and the results weren’t close.
The presidents supposedly voted 12-2 to cancel the fall schedule outright; only Nebraska and Iowa voted to play. We expect to see a formal announcement on Tuesday.
This decision comes just two days after the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS conference to ditch the season.
Reactions to the decision have been mixed, but it’s clear many student athletes really wanted to play.
Recently, a representative for the players of all Power Five conferences posted a request on Twitter, begging for the season to continue as planned.
They suggested “mandated health and safety procedures and protocols,” but their pleas were just silenced today.
However, President Donald Trump takes the side of the players, retweeting the request and the hashtag, “WeWantToPlay.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2020
The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled. #WeWantToPlay
A few hours later, Trump followed this up with another Tweet:
Play College Football!
Though not official just yet, it doesn’t look like Trump’s support or the pleas of the players will change anyone’s mind.
It also begs the question — how will the NFL approach the fall season? Will we be looking at an abbreviated schedule or will the pros decide to cancel, too?
The sporting world is still trying to figure out how best to navigate the “new normal,” as many other sports have yet to resume. Others have implemented strict distancing rules.
As for the fans, they appear split on the issue:
Some believe the Big 10 made the right decision in regards to safety, while others claim it’s yet another overreaction.
UPDATE: According to CBS Sports, the spokesman for the Big 10 said a vote has not yet been held. While it is unclear what the current status is, they are expected to cancel the season.
- The Big 10 has voted 12-2 to cancel the upcoming fall football season.
- This comes despite many players begging to play, while adopting “mandated health and safety procedures.”
- President Donald Trump sides with the players. He tweeted they’ve worked too hard to see their season canceled, and retweeted the hashtag “WeWantToPlay.”
Source: Detroit Free Press