Big Ten votes to cancel 2020 fall football season amid coronavirus concerns

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 10th, 2020 2:42 pm
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Last Updated Aug 11th, 2020 at 12:02 pm

The Big Ten became the first in the Power Five conference to cancel its 2020 fall football season over concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the Detroit Free Press confirmed Monday.

University presidents voted 12-2 on Sunday to forego fall sports in the conference. Michigan and Michigan State — which both have physicians as presidents — are two of the 12 teams that voted against having a season. Only Nebraska and Iowa were in favor of playing, radio host Dan Patrick said on his program Monday morning.

The Big Ten's decision comes just two days after the Mid-American Conference decided to cancel its season, becoming the first in the school to do so.

While the Big Ten Conference is trying to coordinate its announcement with other Power Five conferences, a formal declaration is expected on Tuesday, sources told the Detroit Free Press.

Sources also reported on Saturday that Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren prefers a spring football season, although no decision has officially been made.


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