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Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Big Ten Statement on 2020-21 Fall Season: The Big Ten Conference announced the postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season, including all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments, due to ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In making its decision, which was based on multiple factors, the Big Ten Conference relied on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee. "Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff," said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President. "The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward," said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. "As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall. "We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so." The fall sports included in this announcement are men's and women's cross country, field hockey, football, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball. The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring. Decisions regarding winter and spring sports will also continue to be evaluated.

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A bit of sanity... hope it's infectious.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-08-11 03:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

Bulloney Virus 1 Big Ten 0.

FML

#2 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2020-08-11 03:39 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Trumps fault.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2020-08-11 03:52 PM | Reply

Now Trumpers are really going to be pissed.

#4 | Posted by jpw at 2020-08-11 03:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Talk about being on a roll. In recent weeks the racist orange turd killed Herman Cain and college football.

#5 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2020-08-11 04:04 PM | Reply

we will see if the other major conferences do the same.

this is a campaign slogan for Biden...."I will bring back football!"

#6 | Posted by eberly at 2020-08-11 04:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Big Ten is trying to keep Trump from getting elected!

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-08-11 04:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

All Bunker Boy had to do was defer to the medical experts and close down for couple weeks. Like developed countries did.
But no, awhole stood there claiming those 15 cases would soon be zero.
As an Ohio State alumni, living in SEC territory, I'm disappointed.
Trump killed 2020 college football.

#8 | Posted by Docman at 2020-08-11 05:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

we will see if the other major conferences do the same.

PAC-12 postponed season til spring. Essentially cancelled for the time being.

I have a feeling SEC and ACC are leaning toward playing, but if Big-12 opts out/postpones, making 3/5 power 5 conferences delaying their seasons, it may result in all conferences acting similarly.

There wouldn't be a true College Football Playoff and championship if only two conferences were in contention.

#9 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-11 06:21 PM | Reply

Only way SEC and ACC play is if every player signs a waiver, releasing the conferences from any liabilities.
You understand, it's the concern for our student athletes.

#10 | Posted by Docman at 2020-08-11 06:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Are we even going to get the Army Navy game?

#11 | Posted by Tor at 2020-08-11 07:48 PM | Reply

Are we even going to get the Army Navy game?
#11 | POSTED BY TOR

As of 16 hours ago, the American Athletic Conference, which Navy is a member, is moving forward with plans to play their football season.

#12 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-11 08:07 PM | Reply

The last year Nebraska didn't play a football season: 1889.

#13 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2020-08-11 09:10 PM | Reply

That would be funny if 'Red States' had a football season and 'Blue States' did not. The politicalizing of both college football and the virus would be complete.

#14 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-08-12 01:52 PM | Reply

Of course, it wouldn't be funny at all if those 'Red States' also had the most player deaths due to COVID-19.

OCU

#15 | Posted by OCUser at 2020-08-13 01:09 AM | Reply

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