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Report: Big Ten cancels fall 2020 football season

The Big Ten is set to cancel football, according to a report. This should start the dominoes that will end any chance of playing college football in 2020

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UPDATE August 11th 2:48 p.m.: It’s official: The Big Ten will delay football until at least spring.


The Big Ten has canceled the 2020 college football season, but hopes to play in the spring of next year, according to Chris Solari of the Detroit Free Press.

Solari is reporting a formal announcement is expected tomorrow.

The Big Ten has voted to cancel the 2020 college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, multiple people with knowledge of the decision confirmed to the Free Press.

The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the decision. A formal announcement is expected to Tuesday, the sources said.

The presidents voted, 12-2, Sunday to end the fall sports in the conference. Only Nebraska and Iowa voted to play, Dan Patrick said on his radio show Monday.

That should do it for college football in 2020, unless the SEC chooses to go forward as some have speculated they will attempt to do. Reports of an attempt at a spring football season still abound if a Covid-19 vaccine can be created and distributed in time for 2021. This would be hugely important for universities and most schools operate on a fiscal year that runs from July 1-June 30, so the revenue generated by even a few games in the spring could be enough to keep operations afloat.