Big Ten officially postpones college football, fall sports amid coronavirus concerns

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 11th, 2020 4:10 pm

Last Updated Aug 11th, 2020 at 9:17 pm

The Big Ten conference officially confirmed on Tuesday that it will be postponing its season.

Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren announced the decision in a press release.

"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," Warren said. "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."

Initially, the Big Ten wanted a "10-game conference-only schedule," but pivoted after the Power Five commissioners met on Sunday to discuss fall sports.

CBS Sports reported Monday that the ACC, another Power Five conference, still intends on playing football in the fall after meetings between conference athletic directors and presidents.

"What we understand is the ACC is moving forward," Louisville coach Scott Satterfield said. "So, that's where we are now... We know how things change and how fluid it is. We'd like to get something definitive, just for our mental sake."

According to the SEC commissioner, the conference's medical advisory group gave the green light to proceed with the college football season this fall.

"Our medical advisory group has said, 'Yes, we can continue to go forward,'" Commissioner Greg Sankey said Tuesday. "Should that advice change, that would certainly be a stopping point. We haven't made a final decision, but we have set a start date. I would be encouraged by that."

The Mountain West Conference also announced Monday it would be postponing its fall sports session.


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