Big Ten conference petition has more than 100,000 signatures to play 2020 season
The Big Ten was among the notable conferences to cancel their college football season in 2020. But Justin Fields, the quarterback of Ohio State, isn’t going to go down without a fight. Fields has begun a petition that has more than 100,000 signatures already in hopes to play the 2020 season.
All in all, Fields directed the petition at Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren. In addition, he wants university presidents and athletic directors to see his message. Within the petition, Fields asks for the conference to allow players to have the decision to play or not.
“We, the football players of the Big Ten, together with the fans and supporters of college football, request that the Big Ten Conference immediately reinstate the 2020 football season,” Fields said in the petition, via moveon.org. “Allow Big Ten players/teams to make their own choice as to whether they wish to play or opt out this fall season. Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion.
Fields is already considered one of the top quarterback prospects entering the 2021 NFL Draft. Besides Trevor Lawrence, Fields is regarded as the No. 2 quarterback available in next year’s draft. Provided that, his value wouldn’t increase much if he were to play a season in 2020.
Nonetheless, Fields is relentlessly fighting for a season to happen for Ohio State this year. While his efforts should be commended, it seems unlikely that a petition is going to change the conference’s decision.