CHICAGO – When the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS conference to postpone their fall seasons till the spring on Saturday, many wondered if another major league would follow.
It appears the Big Ten Conference is going to be the next to halt their sports due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Per broadcaster Dan Patrick and the Detroit Free Press, the 2020 football season will not be played this fall, with a president’s vote of 12-2 to do so. The Free-Press reported that all fall sports will be postponed, though nothing official has come from the Big Ten conference.
Both reports say that an official announcement will be made on the fall seasons on Tuesday.
It’s makes the Big Ten the first of the “Power 5” conferences to call off their season. The ACC, Big 12, PAC 12, and SEC. While each of those leagues have taken steps towards playing, each are evaluating their own situations moving forward.
This move comes less than a week after the Big Ten released team’s ten-game schedules for the upcoming football season. Illinois was going to open the campaign for the entire conference on Thursday, September 3rd against Ohio State in Champaign. Northwestern was slated to open two days later at Penn State.
Both schools had already begun workouts on their respective campuses for what was going to be the upcoming 2020 season. A number of players have taken to social media over Sunday night and Monday to express their desire to play the 2020 season.
A number of players from the Power 5 conferences, including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, released this statement with ways in which the season could move forward. The #WeWantToPlay hastag has been tweeted by a number of players.