Pushback intensifies over canceling football; decisions by Power 5 conferences expected soon

Bucky Badger is seen during the first half of an NCAA college football game between Wisconsin and the Central Michigan Saturday Sept. 7 2019 in Madison Wis

College Football May Be Postponed

According to a report from the USA TODAY Network, Big Ten presidents voted overwhelmingly against playing the 2020 season in the fall.

For that reason, I hope at least one major conference tries to play football this fall.

In a news release, Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said he and incoming President Kristina M. Johnson "were totally aligned in our efforts to delay the start of the season rather than postpone".

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also weighed in on the issue with Clay Travis of "Outkick" on Fox Sports Radio, saying that conferences that are still opting to play should consider offering players in the Big Ten spots on their teams.

The Big Ten presidents and chancellors are expected to meet Monday at 6 p.m.

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The Power Five conferences slimmed down their schedules, eliminating all non-conference games, or all but one.

Michigan State switched a scheduled off day for players this week from Tuesday to Monday, and Purdue announced players and coaches would no longer be available to media as scheduled on Monday.

Many college football players have spoken out over the last few days on Twitter expressing their desire to play football this year, including Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields.

Will any of it matter?

"I'm disappointed. We felt we had put in place an outstanding protocol here".

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"I've never been to a game so I was hoping to finally get my chance as a senior to go to a game", said Parker Wickens, MSU student.

The conference said it made the move in consideration of advice from its COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee. The outlets reported the only two schools to vote against the cancellation were Nebraska and Iowa. College football players are inching toward a player's union.

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The panel was hopeful that point-of-care testing, which can provide fast results, could be used to supplement the more accurate but labor-intensive COVID-19 tests without straining local testing capabilities, he said.

The Pac-12 CEO group voted Tuesday to call off fall sports and will look at options to play in the spring, sources told ESPN. "I think you'll see that happen", he said.

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On Friday, Big Ten training camps opened, including Minnesota's.

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