After much speculation, the Big Ten Conference has announced its upcoming fall sports season, including football, has been postponed.
Today’s announcement also means there will be no regular season or conference championships and tournaments.
According to this afternoon’s release, which can be seen on the conference’s website, the league came to a decision to postpone the fall sports season through the advice they received from both 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 interest of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, who chairs the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.
Added Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren, “The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward.”
While today’s news certainly derails hopes of seeing the conference’s 14 teams play football this year, it also means there will be no cross-country, field hockey, soccer, or volleyball.
As noted at the end of today’s announcement, “The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring.”
No decisions have been made about winter or spring sports.