Big Ten to cancel 2020 season

Reports: Big Ten will not play sports in the fall

Sources: Big Ten votes to cancel football season; Conference spokesman says otherwise

The conference said that the decision was based on multiple factors, including medical advice from a task force on infectious diseases.

Perhaps one of the key tenets in such a drastic shift from one direction to the next was the #WeWantToPlay movement, which started taking off with a graphic tweeted by Clemson's Trevor Lawrence before gathering steam across all of college football.

"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", Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement Tuesday.

Along with football, the Big Ten said that men's and women's cross country, field hockey, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball were also canceled.

Alabama coach Nick Saban agreed, telling ESPN on Monday that players would be safer living under the structure of his football program - if the season remains intact.

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The Big Ten, one of the so-called Power Five NCAA conferences, is postponing fall sports because of the coronavirus. Tony Paul of the Detroit News says he has confirmed the same and that the Big Ten will look to play football in the spring.

Like the Big Ten, the Pac-12 announced plans last month to play a conference-only schedule.

"We have shown over the weeks since returning to campus that we could meet the challenge and provide our student-athletes the opportunity of a fall football season", Harbaugh continued in his Tuesday statement. Among the Group of 5, the MAC and Mountain West have canceled their seasons, while the Sun Belt, Conference USA and American Athletic are still planning to play.

Pac-12 medical officials had expressed concern about holding contact practices this fall during the pandemic.

The Big Ten is canceling the fall football season, and will attempt to play in the spring, the league announced Tuesday. Ben Sasse, a Republican, sent a letter Monday to the presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten, telling them, "We should not cancel the college football season". Speculation has run rampant for several days that the Big Ten was moving toward this decision.

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MI coach Jim Harbaugh also pushed for playing games, saying, "This virus can be controlled".

"This isn't easy", Harbaugh said.

The Pac-12 Conference, which includes schools like the University of Arizona and UCLA, made its own vote to postpone sports competitions until 2021. Other major conferences, including the SEC and ACC, have not given indications about whether they will delay their season. "This is all new & you'll gain better information each day, '" SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter.

California recently surpassed 10,000 deaths tied to COVID-19 after the number of daily fatalities steadily ticked upward since early July.

"People need to understand the carnage and aftermath of what college athletics looks like if we don't play", Frost said.

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