Big Ten, Pac-12 Cancel Fall Football Seasons, Will Look to Play in Spring
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The college football dominoes are falling. And not in a way that will excite sports bettors and fans.
The Big Ten’s presidents voted to postpone the 2020 season with hopes of playing in the spring, the league announced Tuesday.
The Pac-12 followed suit a few hours later and said it will try to play in the spring as well if the COVID-19 environment improves.
The Pac-12 did cancel all sports through the end of 2020, signaling an end to any hope of college basketball, as well.
BREAKING: The Big Ten presidents have voted to postpone the 2020 college football season with hopes of playing in the spring, per sources.
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The Big Ten eliminated non-conference games from its schedules last month, but has since changed course and postponed the season all together.
“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,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren.
A few days ago, the MAC became the first FBS league to cancel its season, and sentiment grew over the weekend that other leagues might follow suit.
The Big 12, SEC and ACC are keeping the status quo for now.
The SEC is expected to release its new schedules, with no non-conference games, later this week.