Reports: Big Ten Voted 12-2 To Cancel Football This Fall

Radio host Dan Patrick says a source has told him that the Big Ten voted 12-2 to cancel their fall football season amid the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, which would have huge ripple effects on the other Power-5 conferences this week.

Over the weekend, major sports media outlets started reporting that the 14 presidents of Big Ten schools had met on Saturday and were leaning toward cancellation.

On his radio show Monday morning, Patrick said a source revealed to him that the Big Ten will officially cancel their season tomorrow.

“The Big Ten and Pac-12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow. The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence,” Patrick said. “The SEC is trying to get a delay to have teams join them.”

The Dan Patrick Show Twitter account reported that Iowa and Nebraska were the two Big Ten schools pushing to play.

Previous reports suggested that the Big Ten presidents would like to postpone the football season until the spring. It’s not clear yet if the Big Ten vote was for a wholesale cancellation of the season, or if a spring football season could still be an option.

The NCAA gave each of its three divisions until August 21 to make decisions on whether to hold championships in fall sports. Division II and Division III canceled quickly, but Division I has not yet come to a decision. The mid-major MAC canceled its fall athletic season, but the Big Ten would be the first Power-5 conference to cancel football – a drastic step both athletically and financially, as football is a revenue driver for most college athletic departments.

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1 year ago

Makes sense. It sucks, but it costs a lot less to cancel now than to start the season and cancel part-way through, which is what would undoubtedly happen.

Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

This week is gonna be rough for college athletics and college cancellations in general.

Reply to  Sun Yangs Hammer
1 year ago

I don’t have a comment on this topic. I just thought your username was amazing!


Pray 4 swimming
1 year ago

You guys go this story fast, nice work! Never thought I’d see swimswam on the cutting edge of football reporting – we live in strange times! Unfortunately I fear that a lot of non-revenue sports (swimming in most cases) will take hit from this 🙁

Reply to  Pray 4 swimming
1 year ago

They only get 4 years of eligibility. Why waste one with a truncated season? As much as we want to see sports, it’s not a bad idea to take a competitive break. Swimming is a year round sport. Most haven’t had more than 2 weeks for over a decade.

1 year ago

Why isnt postponing the season a viable option? It seems like no one wants to talk about just pushing things back until we have a better grasp on the pandemic

Reply to  Swammerstein
1 year ago

That’s the exact thing everyone said in the spring. Many conferences are talking about postponing but you can’t postpone every sport to the spring. It’s not feasible.

Reply to  Theswammer
1 year ago

Why not? Everyone would rather have a little less practice time and be able to play.

VA Steve
Reply to  Theswammer
1 year ago

Especially not football when you then will play 2 seasons with months of each other. You will also likely see any high level draftpick not participate for fear of injury and so as not to interfere with the draft evaluation.

Texas A&M Swim Fan
Reply to  VA Steve
1 year ago

Totally agree👍. Can’t see a spring football season what with the 2022 football season looming just a few months from the ending of it. Burn out, possibly injuries, etc. would be major factors!!

Reply to  Texas A&M Swim Fan
1 year ago

If all of college football gets cancelled, then A&M can update that national championship plaque they gave Jimbo!

1 year ago

Nebraska and Iowa voted against.

Captain Ahab
1 year ago

Hygiene is definitely part of the problem, some people are nasty out here. Jerome Adams, Dr. Fauci, and Trump need to recommend everyone to brush their teeth, brush their tongue, and rinse with listerine mouthwash every day. I guaranty covid 19 cases would drop significantly.

Reply to  Captain Ahab
1 year ago

Good idea. Also, if they replaced gatorade with bleach so players can drink on sideline, I bet they could have played the season without any infection.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  PsychoDad
1 year ago

Or make hydroxychloroquine available since its proven to be effective.

Reply to  Captain Ahab
1 year ago

Can’t tell if AHAB is trolling, being funny or dead serious. Either way, HAHAHA.

Braden Keith(@braden)
Reply to  WCNJCTNY
1 year ago

Based on his commenting history, he’s being dead serious.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

I don’t know if it would help covid or not. In general oral hygiene is important to overall health, but comment was kind of humorous 😄

1 year ago

IMO, that changed a lot of the “we have to play in the fall” outlook. Kick the can down the road at 3.75% and if you get most of revenue back in 2021, prob manageable

Will still see cuts but wouldn’t be as deep.

1 year ago

FEAR is winning.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Bubbles
1 year ago

So much winning. I still can’t get used to it all.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
1 year ago

I could see that. 😜

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