Big 10 Officially Cancels Fall Football
Today, the Big 10 presidents met and voted in favor of canceling the 2020 fall football season with hopes of possibly playing in the spring. This comes on the heels of other leagues (MAC, Mountain West) canceling fall football and just a week after the Big 10 announced it's plan to play a 10 game conference-only schedule.
"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 10 Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. "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."
Although playing in the fall is off the table, a spring season is still hopeful, but is it viable? A spring season will undoubtedly bring with it an incredible amount of logistical issues. Not to mention, what players will stick around until the spring rather than begin preparing for the NFL?
Many Big 10 coaches and players voiced their opinions on the cancellation of the season this week on social media, most notably Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and Ohio State Quarterback Justin Fields.
Ryan Day, head coach for Ohio State, said to ESPN earlier this week that the University would be looking at all of their options regarding possibly playing football in another conference. Will we see schools like Ohio State, Penn State, Michigan, etc. leave the Big 10 for a season? Or will the Power 5 model never look the same after this year?