It is official — The Big Ten conference has decided to postpone the 2020 football season, along with all other fall sports, as they hope that it can occur in the spring. They are the first Power 5 conference to pull the plug on sports this coming fall.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren cited the advice of medical experts in the conference in saying the attempt to play as Covid-19 continues to spread rapidly is too dangerous.
“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 student-athletes to compete this fall,” Warren said.
A lot of backlash was given to the Big Ten for wanting to make this decision so quick, including coaches and players from the league itself, but nonetheless they will proceed with postponing the season.
You can read the full announcement from the Big Ten here.
The Pac-12 has officially postponed all sports — including basketball — until 2021, similar to the steps taken by the Big Ten. That would also mean the postponement of the basketball matchup between UK and UCLA on Dec. 19.
You can read the Pac-12’s official statement here.