Big Ten Postpones Football Season
TJ Leverentz | Aug 11, 2020 AT 2:09 pm
(KWNO) The Big Ten has postponed the 2020 football season.
The conference is the first of the “power five” to cancel the football season out of COVID-19 concerns. In a statement Tuesday, the conference said the decision was made out of health and safety concerns.
“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. “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.
Conference leaders say they will re-evaluate the situation in the winter and could stage games during the spring.