Big ten presidents reportedly voted 12-2 to end the 2020 football season … other reports said they did not.
Then there were reports that the presidents would meet again Monday night at 6:00 to give the absolute final plan for the future – it turned out that it was a conversation between the conference’s athletic directors without definitive results.
ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit actually seemed to provide some damage control after the ACC – expected by some to follow the Big Ten’s lead – insisted that they continue as planned with the expectations of playing the season. The Herbtreit tweeted conference would postpone, not interrupt, if it came to that.
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As SI.com’s Ross Dellenger wrote, “many expected intense pressure to be put on other conferences with the Big Ten’s decision. More and more today, it’s the Big Ten that is getting enormous pressure – from players, politicians and their own coaches. – for a decision it has not yet announced. “
Among them – Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts.
“I think there’s definitely something we can do here in Nebraska,” he said.
What’s clear … the vast majority of football players at the university want to play, and they get support from their coaches. The head coach of Michigan, Jim Harbaugh, was among them and today listed several reasons why he thought the season would continue.
Several parents, including projected starting quarterback Dylan McCaffrey, were appreciative and showed their support for how UM had taken care of their children.
“We strongly believe that denying these players the opportunity to play football this season would jeopardize their fitness, their happiness and their future,” wrote Lisa McCaffrey.
When junior defense ended Aidan Hutchinson expressed his desire to play, his father, former Michigan All-American and ER doctor Chris Hutchinson, backed out.
“I support Aidan, not only as his father but as an ER doctor who has lived through some of the worst Covid in the country,” he tweeted. “I support those who play because the protocols at the University of Michigan have proven to work. I feel like my son is in the safest program and conference in the country.”
On Monday night, several sources stated that Big Ten schools inform their student-athletes and their parents that spring football is a very real possibility. Michigan practiced today and continues to prepare as if there will be a season this fall.
If it does not exist, it looks more and more likely that spring football will mean more than just practice in 2021. And do not count on autumn. An Ohio source told Cleveland.com that the Buckeyes would not vote to suspend football in 2020, and head coach Ryan Day fired a shot over the arc when asked what action he would take if the conference opted out.
Ohio State coach Ryan Day was just asked on ESPN to play at another conference if the Big Ten shuts down: “We have to look at all the options. And if that’s the only option, we need to explore it and see if there’s anything we can do. do.”
– Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) August 10, 2020
Scott Frost of Nebraska also said his program would explore other possibilities as well.
But there is still a lot to think about, including a new report on potential heart problems among COVID survivors.
Heart problems linked to COVID-19 fuels Power 5 concerns; medical sources say that at least five big ten athletes and other athletes in Power 5 have been shown to have heart problems after COVID. https://t.co/x7DgMJNkqW
– Paula Lavigne (@pinepaula) August 10, 2020
From now on, however, the Big Ten decision is on hold and coaches continue to fight for their players’ desire to play.
“While we all agree that there is a lot of uncertainty, the best decision right now is not to cancel the season,” Penn State James Franklin said in a release. “I ask the big ten to consider all opportunities to preserve college football this fall.”
ESPN reported late Monday night that league presidents were expected to vote Tuesday morning at 10:30 a.m. if they were to postpone the season to Sept. 26 or choose a spring season.
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