Big Ten Cancels Fall Sports

39;Power Five' of college sports are discussing postponing fall sports

The MAC and Mountain West have both already postponed their fall sports and Power Five conferences may be joining them soon. One report from radio host Dan Patrick even said Big Ten presidents had already voted 12-2 in favor of canceling the fall season.

A day after prominent Big Ten football coaches pushed back against the possibility of canceling, leadership in that conference again convened to consider whether to keep moving toward a season scheduled to begin Labor Day weekend. Petron said the rate of positive COVID-19 tests in Pac-12 states will be a critical factor in determining whether teams can play because it determines how frequently schools should be testing their athletes.

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The Big Ten football season is on the verge being officially canceled or postponed, but MI head coach Jim Harbaugh is hoping conference officials will change their minds.

Conference officials heeded those worries Tuesday with their decision to push back the season.

"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", Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it hard.

"Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff", Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors chair and Northwestern University president Morton Schapiro said in the release.

The decision will end fall seasons for football along with men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball.

The Big Ten is evaluating "a number of options" for fall sports, including potentially competing in the spring. Their advice and counsel have been invaluable as they have worked tirelessly over the past several months in their efforts to create and maintain a safe environment for athletics.

Athletes, Congressmen, and Coaches are among the many speaking out against cancelling the 2020 college football season.



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