The Big Ten Conference has decided to cancel all fall sports with hopes of attempting to play football in the spring.
There are some things that are inevitable and this certainly counts as one of them. The Big Ten Conference officially announced that all fall sports have been canceled.
The Big Ten has cancelled fall sports, including football. League will consider moving season to the spring.
— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) August 11, 2020
As noted by Dan Wetzel the conference may attempt a spring season. Although, that does pose some problems. Ari Wasserman of The Athletic made some good points about the difficulty of staging a spring season.
I can’t imagine a spring season for multiple reasons.
1. Does anyone think this country is going to get it together to get this virus under control in 4 months?
2. Is the NFL Draft still late April?
3. Do they think kids can play 2 seasons, if modified, in the same year?
— Ari Wasserman (@AriWasserman) August 11, 2020
The first and third questions have similar answers. It is highly doubtful things improve in regards to COVID-19. There is also no way that college athletes can safely play two seasons in such a short amount of time, but that is a different discussion for a different time.
The second question has a bit of a different answer. The NFL can push the draft back to June 2 if necessary, but it is unclear at this time if this is something under consideration.
Shortly after The Big Ten Conference made their announcement The PAC-12 Conference followed suit.
Pac-12 has canceled fall football season, source told @Stadium. “We’re done,” source said. Official announcement at 4:30 p.m. ET
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 11, 2020
It is only a matter of time before the rest of the conferences cancel or postpone their seasons.