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The Big Ten has voted to cancel college college football season 2020 in a historic move stemming from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, numerous knowledgeable people on the decision confirmed to Free Press.
Sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the decision. An official announcement is expected Tuesday, sources said.
The presidents voted 12-2 Sunday to end the fall sports at the conference. Michigan and Michigan State – both of which have doctors as presidents – voted to end the season, sources said. Only Nebraska and Iowa voted to play, Dan Patrick said Monday on his radio show.
The move comes two days after the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS to cancel the season, and sources told the Free Press that the Big Ten is trying to coordinate its announcement with other Power Five conferences.
Sources told the Free Press on Saturday that Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren prefers a spring football season, though no decision has been made.
On Monday, Michigan State football transferred its designated day from Tuesday to Monday due to the uncertainty of the 2020 season, three people with direct knowledge of the situation told Free Press. Iowa canceled Monday practice at 11 a.m., according to the Des Moines Registry. And Purdue reportedly re-planned its media availability.
As of Monday morning, MSU and Michigan players had not yet been told any decision to cancel the 2020 season, sources at each school said. Two sources said the MSU trainers were hopeful for more information to be provided on Monday.
The cancellation of the season comes a week after the Big Ten unveiled an updated 10-match conference schedule for 2020 alone, and just days after the conference teams opened the fall camp.
It also comes as players across the country are choosing because of concerns about how the virus could affect their short-term and long-term health. Four Michigan State players said they would not play in 2020, and a team source said more players are expected to follow.
MSU registrar Marcel Lewis, who chose Saturday, said he lost a family member to the virus and does not want to risk playing. Offensive handler Justin Stevens, who also chose Saturday, said he has a respiratory condition that could make him high risk.
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