We knew it was a possibility for months, but today the news was handed down by the evil administrators that want us to be miserable forever.
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.
That’s it. We’re done here. Maybe they will play in the spring? I’m less concerned about players opting out than I am about the spring 2021 season pushing back the fall 2021 season. If we can’t play in fall 2021, just postpone everything until then and we’ll just be sad. Here’s very smart college football insider Bruce Feldman talking about the possibility of a spring season.
Yeah, guys will opt out, but like Colin says, the big programs were the draft prospects are coming from all have plenty of depth to replace them. We’ll survive if a few big stars leave. For every guy who just wants to get ready for the NFL Draft, there’s another guy who sees this as an opportunity to bump up his draft stock and potential earnings.
The Pac-12 has also decided to not play football in the fall. That leaves, the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 as the three conferences still scheduled to play. I’m not sure if we can hand out a national championship if 40 percent of the Power Five schools might play in the spring, but we all know the SEC title is more important anyway.
I’m bummed about Penn State even though I didn’t think they were going to win the Big Ten. Sean Clifford isn’t a guy you want throwing the ball with the game on the line, and the defense was going to struggle without Micah Parsons. Ohio State, with a more experienced Justin Fields, was just going to destroy everyone. It would have been cool to be surprised, though. That’s always the most fun (and terrifying) part of sports. When EVERYONE thinks that a game will go one way and it goes in a totally different direction.
Maybe that’s what will happen in this situation and all the Big Ten programs will play in the SEC for a year. That’d be cool. I’ll settle for someone giving me something to do on Saturdays in September.