The Big Ten Presidents reportedly voted 12-2 to cancel the 2020 football season … other reports said they did not.
Then there were reports that the Presidents would meet again Monday night at 6:00 a.m. to secure the absolute final plan that would go ahead – it turned out to be a conversation between the Athletics Directors conference without any final result.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit, in fact, seemed to be providing damage control after the ACC – which is expected by some to follow the Big Ten lead – – insisted they would act as planned with expectations to play the season. Herbtreit tweeted that the conference would be postponed, but would not be canceled if that came.
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As SI.com’s Ross Dellenger wrote, “many expect great pressure to be placed in other conferences with the Big Ten decision. More and more today, it is the Big Ten that is getting tremendous pressure – from the players. , his politicians and coaches – for a decision he has not yet announced. “
Among them – the Governor of Nebraska, Pete Ricketts.
“I believe it is absolutely something we can do here in Nebraska,” he said.
What’s clear … most college footballers want to play, and they are being supported by their coaches. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was among them, listing several reasons today why he felt the season would continue.
Some parents, including Dylan McCaffrey’s projected start-up hosts, were grateful and showed their support for the way UM cared for their children.
“We strongly believe that denying these players the opportunity to play football this season would jeopardize their fitness, their happiness and their future,” wrote Lisa McCaffrey.
When new defender Aidan Hutchinson expressed a desire to play, his father, former Michigan All-American and ER doctor Chris Hutchinson, backed him.
“I support Aidan, not only as his father, but as an ER document who has lived some of the worst Covids in the country,” he tweeted. “I support them playing as the protocols at the University of Michigan have proven to work. I think my son is in the safest program and conference in the country.”
On Monday evening, several sources indicated that Big Ten schools are informing their student-athletes and their parents that spring football is a very real opportunity. Michigan is practicing today and continues to prepare as if it has a season this fall.
If not, however, you are increasingly looking for spring football to mean more than practice in 2021. And don’t count on them falling. An Ohio State source told Cleveland.com that the Buckeyes would not vote to cancel football in 2020, and head coach Ryan Ryan fired an archery shot when asked what action he would take if the conference resolved.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day was just asked on ESPN to play in another conference if the Big Ten closes: “We have to look at each option. And if that’s the only option, we have to research it and see if it’s something we can do. “
– Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 10, 2020
Nebraska’s Scott Frost also said his program will explore other possibilities.
But there is still much to consider, including a recent report on potential heart issues among COVID survivors.
Fuel-related heart condition COVID-19 Power 5; medical sources say at least five Big Ten athletes and other Athletes in Power 5 have been found to have heart problems after COVID. https://t.co/x7DgMJNkqW
– Paula Lavigne (@pinepaula) August 10, 2020
While now, the Big Ten decision is pending, and coaches continue to fight for their players ’desires to play.
“While we all agree that there is a lot of uncertainty, the best decision now is not to cancel the season,” Penn State’s James Franklin said in a statement. “I urge the Big Ten to consider all options to preserve college football this fall.”
ESPN reported late Monday night that the League Presidents were expected to vote Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. whether to postpone the season until Sept. 26 or choose a spring season.
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