Report: Big Ten cancels football season, announcement pending per USA Today
The Big Ten has canceled its football season, per a Detroit Free Press report citing unnamed sources.
The Dan Patrick show had reported Monday morning that league presidents voted 12-2 to cancel the season, with Nebraska and Iowa the two schools that wanted to move forward.
A Big Ten spokesperson contacted Yahoo reporter Pete Thamel on Monday afternoon, however, to say “No vote has been held by our presidents and chancellors.”
Just got a text from a Big Ten spokesman. “No vote has been held by our presidents and chancellors.” Hence, the Big Ten watch continues.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 10, 2020
The USA Today reported that an official announcement from the Big Ten is expected on Tuesday, per its sources.
Reports of a Big Ten early decision has caught many off guard, as the league had released its league schedule last Wednesday.
Sports Illustrated reported the Big Ten is working to get other conferences to join them.
The Pac-12 presidents are scheduled to meet on Tuesday, and anonymous sources cited by national media over the weekend indicated that league plans to cancel its season, as well.
As expected, the Big Ten pulls the plug. The conference continues to work to rally others to join them, as we reported yesterday.
Pac-12 could be the next shoe. Its presidents are scheduled to meet Tuesday. https://t.co/zdDyGHLjT6
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 10, 2020
The SEC is reportedly working to recruit the ACC and Big 12 to continue forward toward the fall football season.
Yahoo Sports had reported Saturday the Big Ten was considering canceling its season after the MAC shutdown.
A Detroit Free Press report followed, suggesting the Big Ten commissioner “preferred a spring football season” after the Midwest-based league announced it was was delaying the team’s move to padded practices.
All this, amid a foundation shaken by Pac-12 players’ threatening to sit out the season if their 50-percent revenue sharing plan is not met, and politicians at a standstill over COVID-19 liability protection.
The angst most college football fans began Monday with is proving warranted, with the Big Ten’s reported decision having a potential domino effect on the rest of college football.
The SEC and Pac-12 aren’t scheduled to begin play until Sept. 26, the ACC’s is Sept. 10 and the Big 12 is Sept. 5 as things stand.
The Big Ten, which was the first conference to announce its schedule plan back in July, was/is scheduled to open play on Sept. 3.
Even after the report of the league’s cancellation on Monday, the Michigan football Twitter account retweeted a post featuring a letter from Wolverines’ coach Jim Harbaugh advocating his team play.
— Jon Jansen (@JonJansen77) August 10, 2020
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