Big Ten could be the next conference to cancel football

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The Mid-American Conference may not be the biggest domino to fall today. Not even close to it.

Pete Thamel of Yahoo.com reports that Big Ten school presidents are meeting on Saturday, and that “all options are on the table.” Including cancellation of the fall season.

Thamel reports that it isn’t known whether enough support exists to make that decision today. Still, it feels like that decision inevitably will be made.

The Big Ten recently decided to launch a 10-game, conference-only schedule on September 3. That’s fewer than four weeks from now.

Thamel also notes that the conference has announced that it will not progress to padded practices for now, and that the conference wants “further evaluation” before allowing players to engage in full-contact football.

Wisconsin has canceled practice until Monday, and former Wisconsin coach Barry Alvarez recently provided a sobering assessment of the situation to Thamel.

I’m afraid,” Alvarez said. “There’s so many questions that are unanswered. I see things change every day. We have so much invested. I have a grandson playing. I’m invested in every student-athlete on our campus. I want them to be safe. . . . I owe everything I have to college football. I’m the most positive person in the world. My wife said to me today, ‘All of a sudden you are a glass half empty.’ I don’t like to be like that.”

The Big Ten seems to be, by far, the most careful and conscientious of the Power Five conferences when it comes to navigating the pandemic. Recently on PFT Live, Peter King credited that attitude to new Commissioner Kevin Warren, former COO of the Vikings.

None of this means that the ACC or the SEC will abandon their cash cows in the name of the safety, but if the Big Ten shuts down and if the NCAA cancels fall championships, it will be harder and harder for the conferences that try to play to continue to perpetrate the ruse that big-time college football is about anything other than chasing big-time dollars.

41 responses to “Big Ten could be the next conference to cancel football

  1. This is the only responsible position — I applaud AD Barry Alvarez. That’s why Wisconsin has great athletic programs.

    On Wisconsin!

    Varsity!

  2. At this point star players are starting to opt out of the Big 10, if they think they can be ready for the draft, then any player ought to consider the same.

  3. Really? Worried about the players? Young people are barely impacted by the virus there are less than a few hundred fatalities nationally in this age group. Flu does that too. And these kids are in top shape and under watchful eyes. Look for yourself on state covid websites, eg California has zero fatalities under 18!

    NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB etc all playing… NCAAFB is ridiculous if they don’t.

  4. Looking at the bright side of this, Ohio State eliminated from the title contention in August would be a glorious thing.

  5. Torn here.

    Big 10 is the only conference I would really miss, best one to watch by a distance.

    That said, under no circumstances, not at the expense of the health of the students/players.

  6. Canceling sports has little to do with “safety” people take risks everyday just living.. if you want to bubble wrap up and live in isolation it’s a free country, don’t scare others into your lunacy

  7. Nebraska’s chancellor has made their decision, however they are deferring to the league’s tradition rich teams as they feel that they have not yet earned the respect to dictate the fate of the conference. They have been putting on a pretty face for the league, but understand the challenges of starting and maintaining a season where there is no risk to the student athlete.

  8. “Young people are barely impacted by the virus”???

    Please stop consuming and spreading misinformation.

  9. mrthirtytwo says:
    August 8, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    Really? Worried about the players? Young people are barely impacted by the virus there are less than a few hundred fatalities nationally in this age group. Flu does that too. And these kids are in top shape and under watchful eyes. Look for yourself on state covid websites, eg California has zero fatalities under 18!

    NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB etc all playing… NCAAFB is ridiculous if they don’t.
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    Why should unpaid athlete risk their lives? For the love of the game? For honor? For the fans? That’s insane. Yes being young and in shape is a benefit, but it has a lot to do with genetics and frankly the unknown. I find it refreshing to see adults make adult descisions. Gather info and then decpide. Everyone should try that.

  10. mrthirtytwo says:
    August 8, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    Really? Worried about the players? Young people are barely impacted by the virus there are less than a few hundred fatalities nationally in this age group. Flu does that too. And these kids are in top shape and under watchful eyes. Look for yourself on state covid websites, eg California has zero fatalities under 18!

    NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB etc all playing… NCAAFB is ridiculous if they don’t.

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    Maybe start reading real news?

    Jul 31, 2020 – A Central Valley teenager has died due to COVID-19 complications, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said on Friday.

  11. The ruse isn’t playing sports this year or 2021 it is colleges charging students full rates for online courses. How about the kids being forced into dorms and no classes online from a dorm.
    Don’t tell me safety when they have kids crammed into dorms and mess halls but ZERO in room classes.

  12. I know we all miss sports and I hate to see seasons being cancelled a much as the next person. But seriously, just shut them all down (collage & pro) for this year. It’s just not going to be worth it.

  13. I doubt it happens, but who knows? They just put out revised schedules this week and it’s not like anything has happened since then that would make them do that much of an about face.

  14. If NO students are on campus and classes are online then no sports should be happening. an unpopular view.

  15. People whining about this going back to normal. Well there’s pretty good evidence that suggests if ya would have masked 😷 up about 3-4 months ago, this thing could have been brought under control. Now because people wanted to play Billy and Bonnie Bada$$ and not mask up because of some liberty that were under the impression they were going to lose or some right they have to make others sick this is where we are now.

    You have to force re-opening way before it was time but now chastise players who dont wanna play. Ya all think it cant happen to you and when does its the same story…..I wish I would have taken this more seriously. There was an incident at UNI here that 35-40 kids had a party and about 25 got the virus. One unfortunately killed his grandfather…….still wanna have sports?

  16. Dont make kids suffer because older generations decided a national response to covid wasnt worth the effort

  17. stubborndata says:
    August 8, 2020 at 1:18 pm
    Dont make kids suffer because older generations decided a national response to covid wasnt worth the effort
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    That’s BS! Its the younger generation who is the most impacted now and spreading it, spring breakers, throwing covid parties and big house parties. The younger generation could have helped immensely but they all decided they were invincible.Do not blame the older generation this look at me look at cancel culture you all live in on social media is to blame as well. Grow up Mask 😷 Up. Stop being self centered!

  18. The Big 10 Commish Kevin Warren is a good man who would not put profit over people, that’s for sure.

  19. This is not happening. Don’t care how many wish for it. College football on the small scale might not get played. But the SEC, Big 12, ACC and Big 10 are playing. Now, I could see the Pac-12 canceling. The others? No way.

  20. It’s as if people don’t understand how infectious disease works. The football players may be at low risk of death, or even of severe symptoms. What about anyone they go to classes with, or in a dorm? What avout their parents and grandparents, professors and other staff of their schools?

    The players may all recover fine. If 1,000 of them get Covid playing the season, how many thousands more get infected as their disease spreads?

    We are in a giant hole. And a lot of people are shouting that we should dig faster

  21. It time to shut it down. I mean really. Everyone in these times is going to take a beating but trying to make a horrible situation better too quickly will only make it worse which the data is showing. Don’t talk to me about the money your losing when it in reality it’s the money you are not making…. not losing.
    WE CAN’T DO THAT !
    Means you may not have a choice.
    Penn State & State College lives and dies with football because the whole economy needs those fans money for food and swag but it’s not like they will be going out of business.
    It all starts with HEALTH.
    If people think it’s not safe the majority will stay away and the rest will go Sturgis.

  22. Allowing college students to live in small, crowded dormitories is insane. Outside of the normal transmission of the virus due to being so close, one has to consider that these young people are at the peak of their sexuality.

    To expect the students to refrain from having sex is the height of ignorance. To expect them to practice social distancing in that environment is also insane.

    Make the cases online only and close the dorms. No college football this year.

  23. The SEC would be staffed by slaves if the rest of us let them do it. I don’t trust the SEC to do right by their players. At least the Big Ten is run by rational adults.

  24. Jim Harbaugh says, “I didn’t lose to Ohio State this year.”
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    in his defense, his brother whines even more than he does, always with the excuses those two.

  25. The only thing the Big 10 has got is Ohio State, money, and a whole lot of washed up ‘tradition’. Their teams haven’t been able to compete on the field for a long time. The SEC has taken over and isnt letting go anytime soon.

  26. How are they going to pay for their athletic programs without football? The sport that basically pays for everything else. And do they still honor athletic scholarships if the sports aren’t being played? So many questions. I assumed the university officials are counting on some sort of bailout, because the economic pain of canceling football will be immense.

  27. The SEC would be staffed by slaves if the rest of us let them do it. I don’t trust the SEC to do right by their players. At least the Big Ten is run by rational adults.
    _________

    I have no idea what this even means but I’m pretty sure it makes no sense.

  28. danicafallsinlove says:
    August 8, 2020 at 1:34 pm

    That’s BS! Its the younger generation who is the most impacted now and spreading it, spring breakers, throwing covid parties and big house parties.

    ******************************************************************************

    To be fair, it’s both. Some younger people may be responsible for spread in places like Florida or Texas for the reasons you mentioned, but the entire anti-Federal approach to handling Covid has been supported by people who are typically older. These two things are being driven by largely different groups of people. Neither is productive and both are largely selfish in their own ways.

  29. I read it has to do with possible lawsuits if/when a player gets C-19. So yeah probably done for the year and if things somehow don’t drastically change it could be next year as well.

  30. justtherealfacts2 says:
    August 8, 2020 at 12:37 pm
    mrthirtytwo says:
    August 8, 2020 at 12:01 pm
    Really? Worried about the players? Young people are barely impacted by the virus there are less than a few hundred fatalities nationally in this age group. Flu does that too. And these kids are in top shape and under watchful eyes. Look for yourself on state covid websites, eg California has zero fatalities under 18!

    NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB etc all playing… NCAAFB is ridiculous if they don’t.

    ————————————————————————————–
    Maybe start reading real news? Jul 31, 2020 – A Central Valley teenager has died due to COVID-19 complications, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) said on Friday.

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    Like I stated California has ZERO fatalities under 18. NYstate 11 fatalities from 10-19yrs old! OMG OMG CANCEL Life! Sorry to to dismantle your fear mongering but this is a disease that impacts older people. Approx. 85% of fatalities are over 60yo, 95% over 50yo and 98% over 40yo. that leaves 2% under 40 or 3k – hey the flu does that too – Zoinks! do you hide under a desk all day and night?

  31. bigtimewhodat says:
    August 8, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    The only thing the Big 10 has got is Ohio State, money, and a whole lot of washed up ‘tradition’. Their teams haven’t been able to compete on the field for a long time. The SEC has taken over and isnt letting go anytime soon.
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    Oh and don’t be jealous of the Big Tens tradition. In another 100 years or so maybe one of the SEC colleges will have half as much tradition as one of the Big Ten schools. (And the OLDEST rivalry in college football, MN VS WIS.)

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