REPORTS: Big Ten cancels football season
The Big Ten has voted to cancel the 2020 college football season, according to reports.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Big Ten has voted to cancel the 2020 college football season, according to reports.
The Detroit Free Press cited anonymous sources who were not authorized to speak publicly on the decision as saying the move was made because of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A formal announcement is expected Tuesday, the report said.
Sports radio host Dan Patrick said on his show Monday morning the Big Ten university presidents voted 12-2 on Sunday to end the fall sports season. Nebraska and Iowa were the only schools that voted to play, Patrick said.
A UNL spokesperson told Channel 8 Eyewitness News the university would “have no comment until a final decision is made and announced by the Big Ten.” A request for comment to NU President Ted Carter was not immediately returned Monday morning.
Responding to a question from a Channel 8 Eyewitness News reporter, Gov. Pete Ricketts said he had not spoken with UNL officials about the announcement yet, but said he’s in favor of the Huskers playing this fall.
Athletic Director Bill Moos told Channel 8 Eyewitness News that Big Ten officials would be meeting again Monday. Scott Frost is scheduled to speak with the media during a Zoom call Monday afternoon.
Gerrod Lambrecht, Husker Football’s Chief of Staff, tweeted Monday morning saying in part that “if we don’t play, collegiate sports as a whole will never look the same.” The tweet included #LetThemPlay.
This is a developing story, we will continue to provide updates as they become available.