Huge Ten nixes fall college football season, eyes spring

What's Happening
Big Ten Conference presidents and chancellors voted Tuesday

to delay all fall sports seasons, consisting of football

  • , in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic with the hopes of
  • playing in the spring.”All the choices we would make throughout my period here will always put the mental and physical health and wellness of our student-athletes at the center,” Big 10 commissioner Kevin Warren told Big 10 Network.”We just thought jointly there’s excessive uncertainty at this moment in time in our country to motivate our student-athletes to participate in fall sports.”… It does not mean that we’re quiting forever. We continually need to collect details and eagerly anticipate the future. There’s so much unpredictability. This is a very, extremely attempting time. This is among those days you truly hope in your career you never need to deal with these sort of problems. But that’s not the case in life.

    We need to handle the problems presented in front of us. “Later On Tuesday, Pac-12 presidents and chancellors followed the Big Ten’s lead and likewise voted to postpone the conference’s fall sports season, consisting of football. Stadium was the very first to report the Pac-12’s decision.On Sunday, ESPN initially reported that Big 10 presidents, following a meeting on Saturday, were all set to cancel the fall sports season, and they wished to

    determine whether commissioners, university presidents and chancellors from the other Power 5 conferences– the ACC, Big 12 and SEC– would fall in line with them.Officials with the ACC and SEC have shown they prepare to proceed with seasons this fall, but it’s unclear whether the Big 10’s decision will alter those strategies. As for the Big 12, it’s not totally clear what the conference’s intents are, as some of its member schools appear to be divided on whether to play this fall or attempt to enter the spring.In making its decision, the Big 10 stated it depend on the medical recommendations and counsel of the Big 10 Task Force for Emerging Transmittable Illness and the Big 10 Sports Medicine Committee.”Our primary obligation is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our trainees, professors and staff,”Morton Schapiro, the chair of the Big 10 Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University president, said in a statement.The University of Nebraska, after Cornhuskers coach Scott Frost on Monday said his program is prepared “to look at any and all options”in order to play this fall, issued a joint declaration Tuesday saying “we are extremely

    dissatisfied in the decision by the Big Ten.””We have actually been and continue to be all set to play, “said the joint statement from Nebraska chancellor Ronnie Green, president Ted Carter, athletic director Costs Moos and Frost. “Safety comes first. Based on the conversations with

    our medical specialists, we continue to strongly think the outright best location for our trainee professional athletes is within the strenuous safety procedures, testing treatments, and the structure and assistance provided by Husker Sports. “… We hope it might be possible for our trainee athletes to have the opportunity to contend.” Warren, who on Tuesday said he took Frost’s statements”as a point of enthusiasm,”would not say whether the vote to cancel the fall season was consentaneous. “Our schools, we don’t always concur, however individuals comprehend … that we will be together in the Big Ten,”Warren said.Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh likewise expressed dissatisfaction in the decision.” Our student-athletes and coaches want to complete,”he stated in a statement.

    “They have actually dedicated, trained and prepared their entire lives for this chance, and I understand how

    much they’re disappointed at this time. I share in their disappointment today.” Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said he and university president-elect Kristina Johnson remained in arrangement to delay the start of the fall sports seasons instead of holding off to the spring.

    “This is an exceptionally sad day for our student-athletes, who have worked so hard and been so alert battling against this pandemic to get this close to their season, “Smith stated.”My heart pains for them and their families. President-elect Johnson and I were totally aligned in our efforts to delay the start of the season rather than postpone. I am so grateful to her for all her efforts in support of our student-athletes and a traditional fall season.”As an institution and as an athletic department, we have an obligation firstly to take care of the health, safety and wellness of our students and staff, and I believe we have actually done that effectively.”Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields, thought about a Heisman Trophy competitor and a top-four NFL draft possibility by ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, made his feelings understood about the Big Ten choice on Twitter.Smh.– Justin Fields( @justnfields) It’s still unclear how the choices by the Big Ten and Pac-12 will affect the College Football Playoff. Any choices about the structure or format of the four-team playoff are made by the CFP Board of Managers, which is made up of 11 university presidents and chancellors– consisting of Penn State’s Eric Barron and Washington State’s Kirk Schulz.”It’s too quickly to state what the ramifications will be,”CFP executive director Bill Hancock told ESPN. “We will wait on assistance from the CFP board and management committee.”Besides football, other sports affected are guys’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and ladies’s soccer and women’s beach ball.”

    The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, both personally and professionally. For lots of students and personnel, it has actually brought anxiety and stress and we are all anticipating a time when things start to look more’typical,'”University of Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank and athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a joint statement.” For numerous months, we had actually hoped that the return

    of fall collegiate sports might be an opportunity to bring back some sense of normalcy and provide brighter minutes. … Nevertheless, today’s decision by the Big 10 to postpone the fall 2020 sports season is the correct one.”ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg and Heather Dinich added to this report.