Big Ten Knicks college football season, waterfalls

Big Ten Conference presidents and chancellors voted Tuesday to postpone all falling sports seasons, including football, with the hope of playing in the spring, announced Tuesday.

“The mental and physical health and well-being of our student-athletes is at the heart of every decision we make about our ability to move forward,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. “When the time was growing up and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Forces Emerging Infectious Diseases and Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that to allow our student-athletes to compete There was a lot of uncertainty about potential medical risks. Fall.

“We know how important a student-athlete’s experience can be in shaping the future of talented young women and men who compete in the Big-Ten Conference. While this knowledge was a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult for me. While my decision today will be disappointing for our thousands of student-athletes and their families in many ways, I have been greatly influenced by their flexibility, their pleasant and sensible thoughts and their participation through their conversation to this point. The conference and its member institutions are committed to getting everyone back into the competition as soon as it is safe to do so. “

On Sunday, ESPN first reported that the president of the Big Ten, after a meeting on Saturday, was ready to cancel the fall sports season, and that he wanted the commissioner and the university’s president and chancellor to attend another Power Five conference – ACC, The Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC – will suit them.

The President and Chancellor of the Pac-12 were meeting on Tuesday and were also expected to move forward in the schedule or punt for spring.

Sources told ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura on Monday night that the growing sentiment around the conference is that it is unlikely the Pac-12 will proceed with a fall season amid concerns related to the coronovirus epidemic and if possible in the spring. Will play .

ACC and SEC officials have indicated that they plan to move forward with this fall season, but it is unclear whether the Big Ten decision will change these plans.

The Big Ten stated its decision, stating that it relies on the medical advice and advice of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.

“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interests of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Shapiro, president of the Big Ten Council of Presidents / Chancellor / President of Northwestern University.

Apart from football, other sports affected by men and women are cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s football and women’s volleyball.

Adam Ritenberg of ESPN contributed to this report.


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