UNDATED – The word is circulating that the Big Ten Conference is expected to cancel the 2020 football season.
According to a report in The Detroit Free Press, the move stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Multiple sources say the presidents of the Big Ten schools were in agreement Sunday to end fall sports in the conference. Those same sources say Monday morning the presidents voted 12-2 to end the season, although conference officials say no official vote had been taken,
During his Monday radio show, heard on Fox Sports Radio 99.7 FM and 1230 AM, Dan Patrick reported the 12-2 vote and that the two NO votes came from Iowa and Nebraska.
The Lansing State Journal is reporting the Big Ten presidents were expected to meet again to formally vote on ending the season. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday, according to multiple sources. The situation remains fluid as the Big Ten tries to coordinate its announcement with other Power Five conferences.
Sources told the Free Press that Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren prefers a spring football season, although no decision has been made.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh released a statement Monday advocating for the college football season to go on as planned. Harbaugh makes a case for why the season could go on safely. That includes the Michigan program having zero positive tests out of the last 353 administered, zero positive tests among the coaches and staff over the eight weeks of testing, and self-implemented stricture standards for contact tracing in quarantining to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
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