Just days after each Power 5 conference released schedules for this coming football season in the fall, there is now a movement to cancel or postpone the season due to Covid-19, according to report from ESPN and confirmed by other outlets.
In the report from ESPN, the sources said “there is growing concern among college athletics officials that the upcoming football season and other fall sports can’t be played because of the Coronavirus pandemic.”
This Power 5 movement is led by the Big Ten, which was the first big-time sports league to move to the conference-only schedule, and they would look to push the other leagues to do the same in a uniform fashion. In fact, according to Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, the Pac-12 would not be far behind the Big Ten if this move is made. These news tidbits come as the MAC just recently postponed its football season along with many other lower level conferences.
In response to this recent news, many athletes across the Power 5 landscape have expressed their want to play, and have moved to unionize in efforts to do so while jointly combating the Coronavirus pandemic. This motion was led by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, with many other players following:
— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 10, 2020
Let’s hope and pray for the best.
Dan Patrick is reporting that the SEC is not only on the side of trying to play this fall, but recruiting teams to join them in doing so:
DP was told an hour ago that the Big 10 and Pac 12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow… The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence.. And the SEC is trying to get teams to join them for a season.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 10, 2020