Report: Big Ten set to cancel its college football season
A few days after the Mid-American Conference, an expected move is looming to come into fruition. In light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Big Ten Conference has already voted to cancel the 2020 season altogether, according to the Detroit Free Press. A formal announcement is expected to Tuesday.
Just last week, the Big Ten released a revised 2020 schedule to begin in September. However, those plans were abolished by way of a 12-2 outcome recently voted by the presidents to end the fall sports in the conference. This means that a number of football powerhouses won’t be seeing action in the upcoming season.
The Big Ten conference is divided into two divisions, the East and the West. Michigan, Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State, Indiana, Maryland, and Rutgers comprise the East. On the other hand, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Purdue, Minnesota, and Illinois complete the cast in the West. Reigning Big Ten champion Ohio State’s title defense will be postponed to a later schedule.
Other major collegiate conferences are also looking to follow the trend namely the Pac-12, Big 12, and ACC. However, the SEC is still leaning towards playing a season in fall.
In light of the looming cancellation, college football’s biggest stars have already united together to express their intent to play in the upcoming season. This is provisory that the conferences will be able to provide a safe playing environment for the student-athletes along with other conditions that should be met.
Developments regarding the final decisions of the other major conferences are definitely something to keep an eye on.