Big Ten & Pac 12 Schools Set To Officiate Postponing 2020 Season

Big Ten and Pac 12 football set to follow in UConn and Big Sky conference with a postponed season.

Russell Ray

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Posted On: August 11th, 2020 12:39 pm pst

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According to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, the official decision to postpone the Big Ten Conference football season has been finalized, due to COVID-19. The conference is the first of the Power Five to do so. 

The Big Ten has since released a statement to its site saying it came to the conclusion “due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 Pandemic.” 

Sports that will be affected by the postponement along with football will be, men and women’s cross country, field hockey, men and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. 

The statement also said there was too much “uncertainty” with the risks involved to continue the fall sports season. 

More college football is set to be canceled this fall, which will be a big loss for TV Networks due to COVID-19. 

AfterBuzz was one of the first to cover the college football story with leaders determining the fate of the 2020 football season last week when colleges began announcing shorter or postponed seasons. The University of Connecticut has been the first only college to announce an entire canceled season. 

Last month Big Ten made the announcement that they would be sticking to “conference-only” schedules for sports to continue. The conference also noted the support of athletes that would choose to opt out of the seasons due to health concerns would remain in good standing for scholarships and with teams. The decision to continue is looking to come to a halt after an emergency meeting this weekend with presidents from the Big Ten.

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A source tells Afterbuzz that the Big Ten is ready to pull the plug on the fall season after numbers have spiked due to COVID-19 in recent days. It’s expected that the commissioner will release a statement either late Monday or early Tuesday to confirm. The Detroit Free Press source has stated that a vote has been done with a 12-2 vote to postpone the 2020 season to spring of next year.  According to the Dan Patrick Show the only two colleges to vote on a continued season were Iowa and Nebraska administrators. 

The Pac-12 schools are expected to follow suit after players joined together to express their disapproval of the season due to the pandemic and safety measures that have not been put into place.

What’s adding fuel to the fire in the decision is that the Power Five Conferences are dealing with protesting students.  Defensive Back Brunette Williams is standing with a number of Pac 12 Big Ten  and Professional athletes who are using the hashtag #WeAreUnited said, “it’s bigger than just ball,” in a tweet this week. 

Players in professional leagues are able to leverage safety measures prior to playing, but because the NCAA does not consider athletes as employees, athletes are fighting back per health concerns. What seems to be the only way to save the college football season, is for schools to negotiate with players on ensuring their safety. Athletes such as Chidobe Awuzie are also claiming that students should be paid like professional athletes since they’re treated as such. Other major celebrities and influencers to speak out are Reggie Bush, President Donald Trump, and Fox Host George Wrighster III. 

What the Five Power Conference students are asking for is to ultimately “create a college football players association.” Players also want to, “guarantee eligibility, whether a player chooses to play the season or not.” 

A flyer explaining what the athletes are petitioning for entirely can be found on twitter. A conclusion for what players are asking for has yet to be met by all of the colleges involved. A decision on the fate of the two conferences is set to be announced Tuesday afternoon. 

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