Reports: Big Ten votes to cancel 2020 football season due to COVID-19 concerns

Posted at 12:53 PM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 13:53:57-04

The Big Ten’s presidents have reportedly voted to cancel the upcoming college football season due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The presidents voted Sunday with a 12-2 result. Ohio State was among the schools that voted to cancel the season. Only Iowa and Nebraska voted to play the season, according to ESPN’s Dan Patrick.

The Detroit Free Press report states that a formal announcement on the decision is expected to come Tuesday.

According to Patrick, the Pac-12 will also announce its decision to cancel the season Tuesday.

The ACC and Big 12 are reportedly still on the fence while the SEC is working on getting teams who want to play to join them for a season with exclusive television contracts for the games, Patrick reported.

Shortly after reports of a vote from the Big Ten, a conflicting report said that no vote was held and a decision has not been made.

On Saturday, the MAC, which houses the University of Akron and Kent State University, became the first FBS to cancel its season. The conference is attempting to plan for the 2021 spring semester.

ESPN reports have indicated that the Big Ten has been working with the other Power 5 conferences to coordinate a cancellation and announcement together.

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