Status of College Football Up in Air
Multiple sources have announced that the Power 5 football conferences are discussing the possibility of no college football this fall.
The Big Ten Conference is reportedly the group leading the charge, and they are hoping to gather support from other leagues.
Commissioners of the Power 5 conferences held an emergency meeting on Sunday night to discuss the future of football and other fall sports. Growing concern amongst state and local health officials prompted the commissioners to get together.
Football is the biggest source of revenue for colleges in the Power 5 conferences, and it seems likely that canceling the season would be the worst option. Colleges and universities could instead push the football season until the spring, but they would likely need approval from the NCAA before creating this plan.
Other sources have indicated that presidents of universities in the Big Ten Conference are ready to cancel or postpone the season immediately. Big Ten presidents held a meeting on Saturday night, and another meeting is scheduled to take place on Monday night.
Big Ten presidents have been trying to get a handle on what other presidents from other leagues are thinking, but they are leading the charge. The Pac-12 Conference is reportedly the only other conference that is thinking along the same lines.
The Pac-12 will hold a meeting for all of their presidents and chancellors on Tuesday night, and a decision could be made at that time. ACC athletic directors are scheduled to meet on Monday morning, but the decision is likely out of their hands.
The ACC, Big 12 and SEC are believed to want to delay the decision until as late as possible, but a move from the Big Ten would likely force their hand. Most conferences have already announced that conference-only schedules would take place this fall, and the schedules have already been announced.
The Mid-American Conference (MAC) announced this weekend that it was canceling fall sports in 2020. This was the first major conference to cancel college football because of the pandemic.
College Football Stars Unite
Talk of canceling the 2020 football season has prompted several star players to get together and form a voice for the players. More than a dozen college football players were able to jump on a call together on Sunday night, and they started to share their message through social media later that night.
The main reason for the players uniting was to express their beliefs that the 2020 season should not be canceled. They also wanted to point out what health and safety protocols need to be in place so that they feel safe to be on the field.
Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence was one of the players that took part in the call, and he was very vocal on Twitter, using the hashtag; #WeWantToPlay. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields was another player that took part in the call on Sunday night.
This isn’t the first time that players have attempted to form a group to speak out on behalf of the rest of the college football players, but it was the first time that players from several different Power 5 conferences were working together.
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