Big Ten votes to cancel fall season, conference will attempt to play in the spring
For the second time in as many days, reports indicate the Big Ten has voted to cancel its upcoming fall college football season.
This time the news comes from Pete Thamel of Yahoo Sports, Bruce Feldman of the Athletic and Brett McMurphy of Stadium.
The Big Ten is hoping to play football in the spring but there’s no certainty the league will be able to pull that off. Can you imagine the Big Ten weather conditions at that time of year?
Now we wait and see if the Pac-12 follows the Big Ten’s lead, as expected, and what that could mean for the SEC, ACC and Big 12.
UPDATE: The Big Ten has confirmed the news.
The league explained its decision with the following statements:
Morton Schapiro Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President:
“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff.”
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren:
“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward. As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.
“We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.”