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Report: Big Ten Cancelling Its Football Season

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The Detroit Free Press is saying that the Big Ten has pulled the plug and that Michigan and Michigan State will not play football this season

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: JUL 24 Big Ten Football Media Days Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

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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.

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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.

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?

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.