LINCOLN — The Big Ten on Tuesday chose to postpone its 2020 college football season until at least spring 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic and the gathering concern around keeping players healthy.
The Big Ten became the first major football conference to postpone its season. All other fall sports — volleyball, cross country, and women’s soccer at Nebraska — will be postponed, too. The status of winter and springs sports will continue to be evaluated.
“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro, who chairs the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors.
“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” Warren said. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.
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