James Franklin and Ryan Day Express Dissatisfaction with Big Ten Response to Season Postponement

By Matt de Bear on September 10, 2020 at 4:50 pm
Sep 1, 2018; University Park, PA, USA; A detailed view of the Big Ten logo on the field prior to the game between the Appalachian State Mountaineers and the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O'Haren-USA TODAY Sports
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While reports of a mid-October, or late-November, or early-January start date make their way around Twitter, two of the biggest names in the Big Ten went public with their frustration on Thursday. Penn State head coach James Franklin appeared on ESPN Radio to share his thoughts on the lack of communication from the Big Ten offices, while Ryan Day took his voice right to the people with a Twitter statement.

Thursday marks 30 days since the Big Ten (and Pac 12) announced a postponement of fall sports, including football. In the four-plus weeks since that announcement, Franklin indicated that information from the Big Ten has been sparse, complicating things for a head coach trying to give his athletes the best information he can.

"I think the big challenge as the head football coach is your players and parents think that you have all the answers to what's going on. But the reality is, we're dependent on the Big Ten to drive this thing forward. It's been challenging. It truly has."

 "To stand up in front of your team and tell them and the parents that the season is canceled/postponed but not have any answers of how that affects their futures (or) when we will be playing football, and still not knowing a month later, that's the hard part that's been really, really challenging. I think a big part of leadership is to be able to deliver answers to people's questions, and also to be able to drive people toward a vision and drive people toward the plan. And right now we don't have those things."

Meanwhile, Day and Ohio State, a national title contender, was more direct. The second-year Buckeye head coach had many of the same concerns as his Nittany Lion counterpart. He also indicated that the league's medical committee has put protools in place that would allow safe competition.

Nebraska's chancellor indicated on Wednesday that a new Big Ten vote could take place as early as this weekend. However, much like it has been for the last month, nothing formal has been released by the Big Ten itself.