The likelihood that college football is played this fall is looking bleaker by the day.
The commissioners of Power 5 conferences reportedly had an emergency conference call on Sunday evening to discuss the 2020 season, and the large majority of Big Ten presidents want to postpone the season due to concerns amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, according to ESPN's Adam Rittenberg.
News: Power 5 commissioners held an emergency meeting today to discuss football and the fall sports season, sources tell ESPN. Large majority of #B1G presidents likely would vote to postpone season.— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 9, 2020
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Earlier this week, the Big Ten halted on moving forward with padded practices until more protocols are in place.
Moments later, reports surfaced that the Big Ten is leaning towards moving forward without a fall football season, and a formal decision could be made as soon as early this week, according to Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde and Ross Dellenger.
College football sources tell @SInow that the Big Ten is moving toward a decision to cancel the 2020 fall season, while engaging other Power 5 conferences on a uniform decision to be announced later this week. https://t.co/vT1JIQYHrC— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 9, 2020
The cancelation or postponement of the 2020 college football season seems to be inevitable, multiple sources have told ESPN.
The news doesn't come as a surprise considering the current state of the pandemic in the United States. However, the Big Ten just announced a new, conference-only schedule earlier this week, so the timing is a bit odd.
The Mid-American Conference postponed football and all fall sports on Saturday. If the Big Ten becomes the first Power 5 conference to postpone football, and fall sports as a whole, it will be interesting to see how quickly (if at all) the other major conferences (SEC, ACC, Pac-12, Big 12) follow suit.
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