I’ll do this post live blog style with new entries/information being added to the top as we get new information or as anything is confirmed. Refresh the page from time to time to see the new items.
1:00 pm CT
The Big Ten's presidents are scheduled to meet again on a call at 6 o'clock ET tonight, when they'll make the final decision on the football season, per source.— Graham Couch (@Graham_Couch) August 10, 2020
12:26 pm CT
There is a lot of pushback from various channels against the idea that the season is cancelled. It is hard to say what is smoke and what is noise at this point, but it is worth noting that the pushback exists.
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
Nebraska is on the field practicing this very second. They have not shut anything down here at this point. #Huskers— Sean Callahan (@Sean_Callahan) August 10, 2020
10:52 am CT
The Detroit Free Press has reported that the Big Ten has voted to cancel its college football season. You can view their article here. It was the presidents of each respective member university that made the vote.
It was not a unanimous one. According to another source, Nebraska and Iowa were the dissenters in a 12-2 vote.
According to Dan's source, 12 of the 14 Presidents from the Big 10 have voted against having a Fall College Football season. Iowa and Nebraska were the two that have been pushing to play.— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 10, 2020
If this is confirmed and the Big Ten is indeed not going to play football this fall, it is obviously very disappointing news for college football fans - and sports fans in general. It seems likely other power conferences will follow suit.
But maybe not?
DP was told an hour ago that the Big 10 and Pac 12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow... The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence.. And the SEC is trying to get teams to join them for a season.— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 10, 2020
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Obviously, any of this could prove to be wrong, but there are a spate of tweets out there regarding cancelled practices and cancelled media availability for players/coaches at various Big Ten schools.
Cancellation of the 2020 season is something I think many of us expected. To be honest, I didn’t expect it this soon. I sort of figured conferences/teams would get to the brink of the season and see how they were able to manage their coronavirus cases through fall camp before making this decision. I fully understand the decision to cancel (if it happens) as there are so many people whose health could be jeopardized because of this virus. I can guarantee no university president or athletic director wanted this to happen - too much is at stake financially - but they also had to consider risks from lawsuits for anyone (players, families, support staff, fans, etc.) that could arise from this situation.
We will update with more as we get it.