– TexAgs (@TexAgs) August 10, 2020
Word of the day: Internecine.
QUESTIONS MARY PUNARY? When we all woke up yesterday, all the signs pointed to the Big Ten canceling the football season in hopes of playing in the spring.
Back then, almost everyone directly affected by a possible cancellation was extremely upset and publicly expressed that extremely regret.
And the conference leadership seems to be listening.
Update: starting to feel like delays more than canceling on both B1G and P12. https://t.co/Lf8P6C1emM
– Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) 11 August 2020
Not expecting any news tonight from # B1G, according to sources. More meetings in the morning, sources say. In all my years covering the Big Ten, I can’t remember a day when the leagues seemed more divided (presidents vs coaches). Certainly the presidents could be seen opposing a full postponement
– Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 11, 2020
I will be honest, when I saw the #WeWantToPlay Tweets coming in from players, messages from parents and statements and interviews from coaches, I really didn’t think it would do much.
I was clearly very wrong – which is really a nice twist of events, in this case. We still can’t finish a college football season, but at least it seems a lot more likely to try for a few more weeks.
All of this was prompted by the upcoming Big Ten move to cancel its season. More than 24 hours after the first reports published by ESPN, Yahoo Sports and SI of Big Ten possible plans, the conference has yet to make an announcement and is now caught in an internal feud that spilled over into the public on Monday. From top-level politicians to league coaches, a variety of people strongly expressed their support for a 2020 season, some of them specifically targeting the Big Ten and Commissar Kevin Warren.
“Kevin suffered far more blows today than he thought he would,” says an industry source. “It may not change their position, but at least the train has slowed down. It may still end up in the same destination, but that has slowed them down.”
If the Big Ten decide not to cancel the fall season tomorrow, I would consider a finished Mary greeting to cut short on the late lead of The Very Bad Virus.
Now, we will need a kick from inside …
PERSONSIFIED LEADERSHIP. Leading a team with # dozens and young adults during one of the most unique periods in modern human history may not be easy, but by all accounts, it looks like Jonathon Cooper was born to do so.
In the last training session before the fall camp, captain @ JonathonCooper7 gave this message to his teammates. pic.twitter.com/AkITri5AKG
– Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 10, 2020
I would feel bad for any player if the season was canceled, but Cooper would be at the top of that hearty list if he did not take his last trip. That guy worked hard for that.
FIND CREATIVE. There is some wild speculation that if the Big Ten cancels its season, Ohio State may try other ways to play a picture of a season on its own.
Quietly, we have also had current players and assistant coaches open asking for the team to join the SEC if things go south (fully destined work).
I’m in!! Dial up it up. https://t.co/8dySKqv5yY
– Brian Hartline (@brianhartline) August 10, 2020
Sounds crazy – and it probably is! – but based on Ryan Day’s comments to ESPN yesterday, maybe it’s also not entirely questionable?
We have to look at every opportunity. If this is the only option at the time, we should explore it, see if this is something we can do. Because if it is, and this is what is best for our children, then we should look at it and do it.
– Days certainly playing without B1G
– The Eleven Warriors (@ 11W) August 10, 2020
If the push comes out, it will look like Buckeyes would not be the only school. Scott Frost said he thinks Nebraska would look for other opportunities outside the Big Ten if the conference cancels its season.
Buckle up, these coming weeks will be wild.
SONG E DITS. “Deer” by the Manchester Orchestra.
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