It feels like the last few days have been a slow death march to the inevitable end of the 2020 college football season. First, a number of lower-level leagues and teams cancelled the season. Then came Connecticut. Then the entire MAC. Now the Big Ten, which is a huge domino to fall. The Detroit Free Press is reporting that the Big Ten will officially announce on Tuesday that all fall sports including football have been cancelled for 2020 due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Dan Patrick on his radio show, the vote was 12-2 with only Nebraska and Iowa voting to continue play.
The next step is unknown. Rumors say the Pac-12 will also be cancelling in the next couple days. There are other rumors that the SEC wants to continue playing and is even willing to pick up schools from cancelled conferences for the year. It's a complicated situation and it feels like we could have avoided this by planning a lot better for the last six months.
We try to keep politics off this website but there's no question that the future of the 2020 college football season is inextricably bound up with a number of political subjects including the federal government's response to the COVID-19 crisis over the past five months and the issue of amateurism in college sports.
UPDATE: The official vote came on Tuesday afternoon, more details here. Official announcement is here. The Big Ten will try to play a football season in the spring, but I would assume they will do that without any players who declare for the 2021 NFL draft. The Pac-12 will be announcing its cancellation later this afternoon.