Ohio State football coach pleads Big Ten to play this fall

"These young men and their parents have asked so many questions that I don't have the answer to," Day wrote on social media on Thursday. "But the one that hurts the most is, 'Why can these other teams and players play this weekend and we can't?'" 
Ryan Day

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ryan Day has been adamant about finding a way to play football during this pandemic. But the Ohio State football coach is tired of not having an answer to a commonly asked question from his players.

“These young men and their parents have asked so many questions that I don’t have the answer to,” Day wrote on social media on Thursday. “But the one that hurts the most is, ‘Why can these other teams and players play this weekend and we can’t?'”

Day is one of several Big Ten football coaches expressing their disappointment in how the conference has handled the postponement of fall sports. Penn State coach James Franklin echoed Day’s frustrations in an interview on ESPN Radio.

“It’s been challenging, as you guys know,” Franklin said. “I think the big challenge as the head football coach is that your players and your parents think that you have all the answers to what’s going on, but the reality is, we’re dependent on the Big Ten to drive this thing forward. It’s been challenging. It truly has. In terms of where we’re at, I’m not really sure. I think that’s part of the problem. To me, I’ve said this from the beginning, I don’t necessarily have an issue with the decision. I got an issue with the process, and I got an issue with the timing. To be able to stand up in front of your team and parents and tell them that the season is canceled/postponed, but not have any answers as to how that affects their future and when we will be playing football and still haven’t a month later. That’s the hard part. It’s been really, really challenging. I think a big part of leadership is to be able to deliver answers to people’s questions and also to be able to drive people towards a vision and drive people towards a plan. Right now, we don’t have those things.”

Nebraska University Systems president Ted Carter told KLIN Radio in Lincoln on Wednesday, the Big Ten could vote “very soon” on a plan for football. Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday that vote could come as soon as this weekend, possibly Sunday or Monday.

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