According to numerous reports, the Big Ten Conference presidents have voted to postpone the fall 2020 football season, marking the first of the power five conferences to announce such a decision. The league hopes to be able to play in the spring of 2021.
Big Ten Statement on 2020-21 Fall Seasonhttps://t.co/BCiRSzeAPL— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) August 11, 2020
Since the onset of the Covid-19 outbreak in March, officials across the country of moved forward with plans to play this fall as scheduled. Teams began returning to their respective campuses in early-June for voluntary workouts. In July, players were allowed to begin limited on-field instruction with the coaching staff, and fall camps opened just days ago for many Big Ten programs, including Penn State.
However, the challenges surrounding the coronavirus were as prevalent in the Big Ten as anywhere in the country. Michigan State was forced to shutdown workouts for 14 days as numerous players and staff tested positive. Rutgers has been hit hard by an outbreak inside of its own program. Several other schools were forced to temporarily stop workouts at various stages due to positive tests.
The Big Ten joins the MAC and Mountain West with a decision to postpone until the spring. Independent programs UConn and UMass have made similar calls in recent days. The Pac 12 is expected to pursue a similar path, while the ACC, SEC, and Big 12 have all said they intend to push forward for the time being.