Yesterday, in principle:
– TexAgs (@TexAgs) August 10, 2020
Word of the day: Internecine.
HÅLMARNAR WORK? When we all woke up yesterday, all the signs were that the Big Ten would interrupt the football season with the hope of playing in the spring.
Then almost everyone who was directly affected by a potential cancellation got extremely pissed and publicly expressed the extreme pissness.
And the conference management seems to be listening.
Update: starting to feel like delaying more than interrupting both B1G and P12. https://t.co/Lf8P6C1emM
– Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) August 11, 2020
I do not expect any news tonight from # B1G, per sources. More meetings in the morning, say the sources. During all my years covering the Big Ten, I can not remember a day when the league seemed more divided (presidents versus coaches). Certainly could see that the president chooses a complete postponement
– Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 11, 2020
I’m honest, when I saw the #WeWantToPlay tweets roll in from players, messages from parents and statements and interviews from coaches, I really did not think it would do much.
I was clearly very wrong – which is really a delightful event in this case. We still can not finish a college football season, but it seems at least much more likely that we will try a few more weeks.
All of this was due to the Big Ten’s next steps to interrupt their season. More than 24 hours after the first reports published by ESPN, Yahoo Sports and SI about the Big Ten’s potential plans, the conference has still not made an announcement and is now gripping an internal battle that erupted in public Monday. From high-ranking politicians to the league’s own coaches, many personas strongly expressed their support for a 2020 season, some of them specifically targeting Big Ten and Commissioner Kevin Warren.
“Kevin faced a lot more blowback today than he thought he would,” says one industry source. “It may not change position, but it has at least slowed down the train. It may still end up in the same destination, but it has slowed them down. ”
If the Big Ten decides not to cancel the fall season tomorrow, I will consider a full Hail Mary touchdown to cut into The Very Bad Virus’ late lead.
Now we will need a visitor park …
LEADERSHIP PERSONALIZED. Leading a team of #teens and young adults during one of the most unique periods in modern human history may not be easy, but it seems like Jonathon Cooper was born to do this.
At the last training before the autumn camp, the captain @ JonathonCooper7 gave this message to his teammates. pic.twitter.com/AkITri5AKG
– Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) August 10, 2020
I would feel bad for every player if the season were to be interrupted, but Cooper would be at the top of that heart failure list if he does not get his last ride. That guy worked too hard for this.
CAN GET CREATIVE. There has been some wild speculation that Big Ten is losing its season, Ohio State could try other ways to play part of a season on its own.
Damn, we’ve even had current players and assistant coaches who openly demand that the team join the SEC if things go south (order completely intended).
I am in!! Call it. https://t.co/8dySKqv5yY
– Brian Hartline (@brianhartline) August 10, 2020
It sounds crazy – and it probably is! – but based on Ryan Day’s comments to ESPN yesterday, it may not be completely out of the question?
We must look at all the options. If that’s the only option then we need to explore it, see if there’s something we can do. Because if it is, and it’s best for our children, we must look at it and do it.
– Day on possible play without B1G
– Eleven Warriors (@ 11W) August 10, 2020
If push will shoot, it sounds like the Buckeyes would not be the only school. Scott Frost said he thinks Nebraska would look for other options outside of the Big Ten if the conference interrupts its season.
Get excited, the next few weeks will be wild.
SONG OF THE DAY. “Deer” by the Manchester Orchestra.
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