Big Ten votes against college football season due to COVID concerns

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Huge Ten presidents relocate to edge of not playing college football this fall due to coronavirus issues

Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY; Detroit Free Press personnel
Released 6:45 PM EDT Aug 10, 2020

The Big Ten is on the brink of not playing football this fall, three people with knowledge of the choice confirmed to the Detroit Free Press.The individuals

asked for privacy because they were not authorized to speak openly on the choice. An official statement is anticipated Tuesday, individuals said.The situation

remains fluid as the information of what takes place with a spring season stay unclear.The individuals said the presidents remained in contract Sunday to end fall sports in the conference. Michigan and Michigan State– which both have physicians as presidents– were among the schools in favor of ending the fall seasons, according to those individuals. Several individuals with understanding of the process said Monday morning that presidents voted 12-2 to end the season, though the Big 10 said Monday afternoon no main vote had actually occurred. According to The Lansing State Journal, Big 10 athletic directors were expected to fulfill

Monday evening. The State Journal previously reported it would be presidents fulfilling. Presidents have the final say on the season. Coming throughout a tense week of emergency conference meetings, the decision signals college football’s failure

to come to grips with the health and safety steps needed to combat the widespread transmission of the coronavirus while possibly leading to a domino impact of comparable moves across the Power Five.Monday night, a second conference in the Group of 5– the Mountain West– revealed it would”hold off”fall sports, consisting of football.

The league stated it would search for ways to reschedule, consisting of potentially the spring. Its releaset also said “there are ongoing discussions regarding the status of winter season sports. “Last weekend, the MAC ended up being the very first FBS conference to officially delay competition until at least the spring, citing health issues for its choice impacting all fall sports.The Big Ten announced Wednesday its playing schedule for the fall with tactical plan for Labor Day weekend. Teams were practicing in anticipation of the start date, however the league Saturday stated gamers might not use pads and take part in

full-contact activities.The remaining 4 conferences in the Power Five have yet to reveal any choices relating to the coming season. It is anticipated the Pac-12 will follow the Big 10 in canceling the season. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey tweeted Monday afternoon,”We understand concerns remain. We have actually never ever had a FB season in a COVID-19 environment. Can we play? I don’t understand. We haven’t stopped trying. We support, educate and take care of student-athletes every day, and will continue

to do so … every day.”As a sport, college football debuted with Princeton and Rutgers playing the very first video game in 1869 and had continued without interruption in every year considering that, completing through 2 world wars and even through another pandemic– while some schedules were cut back, a season was held during the flu pandemic of 1918. Jan 13, 2020; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Detailed view of the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship logo design on the field at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Obligatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The move comes nearly five months after the NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, in among the earliest signs that major sporting leagues and events would have a hard time to perform company as usual in the middle of a pandemic.College football had actually eased back into typical activities throughout the months given that. After the massive cancellation of offseason practices in March, coaches and players separated for much of the spring

prior to going back to campuses in early June after the NCAA allowed voluntary group activities.Those continued into August amid a variety of indication. On a national scale, favorable cases of COVID-19 spiked over the summer season in lots of states housing numerous Bowl Subdivision programs, including Texas, Florida and California.Meanwhile, large break outs of cases triggered a number of programs to suspend team workouts totally, leading every Power 5 conference to reveal altered regular-season schedules that largely eliminated non-conference play.Concerns about possible cardiovascular problems for people contracting the infection likewise have become significant in recent days. The mother of Indiana gamer Brady Feeney posted on Facebook about issues of her kid contracting the illness before he got here on campus. Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez will not play this season because he established myocarditis– a heart disease– after recovering from COVID-19. Published 6:45 PM EDT Aug 10, 2020