The Big Ten decision to postpone sports in the fall with the possibility of shifting the schedule in the spring, staged one of the country’s best cyclists.
Ohio State Justin Fields will no longer be able to play due to the Big Ten decision to put the season on hold due to the coronavirus. The recorder had a three-letter response to the news.
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“Smh ..” he tweeted.
While it is possible that Fields could be transferred to a school that decides to play during the fall, the most likely alternative is for him to declare for the NFL Project and waive his NCAA opportunity. Fields are likely to be a top-10 choice in the NFL, according to senior experts.
The Big Ten has expressed an opportunity to play in the spring but nothing was set in stone when the conference made its announcement Tuesday.
“The mental and physical health and well-being of our student-athletes has been at the heart of every decision we have made regarding the ability to move forward,” said Ten Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “As time went on and after hours of discussions with our Large Infectious Diseases Task Force and the Big 10 Sports Medicine Committee, it became really clear that there was a lot of uncertainty about the potential medical risks to allow students our athletics to compete this fall. “
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Ohio State Director of Athletics Gene Smith issued a separate statement on the matter.
“This is an incredibly sad day for our student-athletes who have worked so hard and been fighting so vigilantly against this pandemic to bring this closer to their season,” Smith said. “My heart aches for them and their families.
“[Ohio State President-elect Kristina M. Johnson] and I completely lined up in our efforts to delay the start of the season rather than postpone it. I am very grateful to her for all her efforts in supporting our student-athletes and a traditional fall season.
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“As an institution and as an athletics department, we have a responsibility above all to take care of the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff, and I believe we have done it successfully.”