on the Big Ten Situation
Aug. 10, 1:45 p.m. CDT-- BIG TEN IN TOTAL DISARRAY:
Either Dan Patrick's source is full of it, or the Big Ten is in total,
no-holds-barred backpedal mode (I'm voting for #2). Multiple sources
reported this afternoon that the Big Ten presidents did NOT vote on the
fall season last night. The most recent report is that the Big Ten
presidents will meet at 5:00 p.m. CDT today to make a "final" decision
on the fate of the fall season. This move comes after a wild night and
morning of blowback after initial reports had the Big Ten and Pac-12
gearing up to announce the cancellation of fall football.
The Big Ten itself has released no statement during the antics of the
past two days. The NCAA, of course, remains in hiding, hoping the
conferences work this out for themselves, so it doesn't have to make a
real, actual decision.
Stay tuned. More fun to come...
Aug. 10, 8:45 a.m. CDT-- Dan Patrick is reporting
that last night's Big Ten meeting featured a vote to cancel the season.
Patrick reports that the vote was in favor, 12 to 2, with only Iowa and
Nebraska voting to continue with the 2020 season.
Patrick further reports that both the Big Ten and the Pac-12 are expected to cancel the fall season on Tuesday.
Also, per Patrick:
* The ACC and Big 12 are "on the fence."
* The SEC, as expected, is plowing ahead and trying to get teams to join them for a season.
AUG. 10, 7:00 am CDT-- A
group of Power 5 star players organized a "We Want to Play" social
media campaign late Sunday night, responding to reports that the Big
Ten conference had all but decided to scrap the 2020 season, and the
other Power 5 conferences were mulling over their possible response.
The Big Ten has not made any formal decision, but media reports
indicated that a decision could be hours away, and an announcement
could come by Tuesday. It is likely that the Big Ten would have already
announced the cancellation if the other Power 5 leagues had aligned
with the Big Ten on Sunday.
AUG. 9, 7:00 pm CDT--
Per Darren Rovell, a Big Ten source stated tonight that "there's no
path forward that medically is safe. Hope we can all realize this as
the season should have been called a month ago. No decisions today."
The reason why there were no decisions tonight appears to be the Big
Ten's need to have a cancellation announcment be unifform across the
Power 5 conferences. There are several reasons why the conference would
want the other four leagues to go along with cancellation: if there is
a holdout conference (or conferences), there will likely be a flood of
transfers to the teams still playing. If there Power 5 conferences act
as one body, transfers are cut off. Also, the Big Ten-- and likely the
other conferences-- likely want to prevent further attempts by the
student players to organize. Cutting off the season now across the
board possibly stops efforts by the players to unionize.
AUG. 9, 5:30 pm CDT-- Multiple
stories are developing this afternoon. Adam Rittenberg at ESPN is
reporting that yesterday's Big Ten presidents' call revealed that the
"vast majority" of presidents favor cancellation. Big Ten commissioner
Kevin Warren is reported to have spoken Sunday midday with the other
Power 5 commissioners to discuss the situation.
Pat Forde, writing about the broader situation with CFB in general,
notes that "attempts to salvage the fall 2020 college football season
are "all but over. 'It's gotten to a critical stage,' one [source] told
SI. 'I think all of us will be meeting with our boards in the coming
days. We have work to do that is no fun.'"
Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel released perhaps the most ominous message on
Sunday afternoon: "Sources: Big Ten presidents and chancellors [are]
scheduled to speak tonight to discuss the future of the season.
Sentiment from the [Big Ten presidents'] call yesterday indicated that
there was momentum at the presidential level to cancel fall sports.
Unclear when a decision will come."