Big Ten football canceled for fall; no games for 2020 season


Published by FREEP.COM

Summary generated on August 10, 2020


    The Big Ten has voted to cancel the 2020 college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, multiple people with knowledge of the decision confirmed to the Free Press.

    The move comes two days after the Mid-American Conference became the first in the FBS to cancel ts season, and sources told the Free Press the Big Ten is trying to coordinate its announcement with other Power Five conferences.

    Sources told the Free Press on Saturday that Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren prefers a spring football season, although no decision has been made.

    On Monday, Michigan State football moved its scheduled off day from Tuesday to Monday because of the uncertainty of the 2020 season, three people with direct knowledge of the situation told the Free Press.

    Iowa canceled Monday's 11 a.m. practice, according to the Des Moines Register.

    As of Monday morning, MSU and Michigan players had not yet been told of any decision to cancel the 2020 season, sources at each school said.

    The cancellation of season comes a week after the Big Ten revealed an updated 10-game conference-only schedule for 2020, and just days after teams in the conference opened fall camp.

    Four Michigan State players said they wouldn't play in 2020, and one team source said more players were expected to follow.

    A number of other players around the Big Ten - including Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and.

    Indiana offensive lineman Brady Feeney, whose is suffering from COVID-19-related heart issues and whose mother wrote an impassioned message imploring the college football world to take it seriously, took to Twitter on Monday morning with his own urging schools and players "To listen to our medical experts."