Report: B1G presidents meeting on Saturday; some 'momentum for canceling the fall football season'
As we approach what should be the start of the 2020 college football season, more and more lower-level conferences are deciding to postpone or cancel their fall sports seasons.
We haven’t seen that affect the Power 5 football season yet, but that could be quickly changing.
On Saturday morning, Yahoo’s Pete Thamel reported that Big Ten presidents are meeting today and there’s some momentum toward canceling the football season:
Source: Big Ten presidents are meeting today. All options are on the table. There's some presidential momentum for canceling the fall football season. It's unknown if there's enough support to make that decision today.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 8, 2020
In more bad news, the Big Ten issued a statement shortly thereafter, saying teams would continue to be limited to wearing helmets-only during practices:
The Big Ten Conference announced today, based on the advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, that, until further notice, all institutions will remain in the first two days of the acclimatization period in football (i.e., helmets shall be the only piece of protective equipment student-athletes may wear) as we continue to transition prudently through preseason practice. All other fall sports will continue to work locally with team physicians and athletic trainers to adjust practices to the appropriate level of activity, as necessary, based on current medical protocols.
While it never hurts to take things slowly, especially during a pandemic, you have to wonder what this means moving forward. We’ll see what the presidents decide.