The Big Ten will not be playing college football this fall, ending days of speculation on the matter.
The league and conference commissioner Kevin Warren released a statement on the matter on Tuesday afternoon.
“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,” Warren said. “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.”
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The league did say that it would try and play in the spring, but there are many on Twitter who were skeptical of what that might look like, especially with the NFL draft traditionally being set for mid-April. The league can hold the draft as late as June 2 per their collective bargaining agreement.
With no fall sports for the likes of Penn State, Michigan and Ohio State, many began to wonder what would happen next for some of those athletes. Do some of them transfer to other schools still looking to play this fall? Do those talented enough look to head straight to the NFL draft?
The most prominent player in the conference is someone that has some strong ties to Georgia. That would be Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.
Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith issued a statement shortly after the Big Ten’s announcement, expressing his disappointment.