Big Ten Extends Suspension of Organized Team Events Through June 1

By Matthew Filipovits on May 4, 2020 at 10:48 am
Aug 31, 2018; Madison, WI, USA; Big Ten logo on yardage markers during warmups prior to the game betwee the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers and Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports
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The Big Ten Conference has extended the suspension of all organized team activities through June 1, releasing the following statement.

The Big Ten Conference announced today that it will extend the previously announced suspension of all organized team activities through June 1, 2020, and will re-evaluate again at that time.

This is an additional measure to the previously announced cancellation of all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year. The Conference also has previously announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future. 

The Big Ten Conference will continue to use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps relative to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The main priority of the Big Ten Conference is to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.

This original suspension of team activities was set to expire today, May 4, but the extension has seemed inevitable for some time. On top of all team activities, all in-person recruiting activities will continue to be on hold, leaving this summer's camp season as an even greater question mark than it previously was. Penn State had already suspended camps through at least June 19.

At this time, no changes or delays have been made to the college football regular season, but some school officials, including the University of Iowa president, have said they are hopeful students, and athletes, will be able to start returning to campus on June 1.

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