Concerns over the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus, resulted in a wave of sports cancellations and suspensions in mid-March. What started with the cancellations of conference basketball tournaments grew to include the NCAA men's and women's tournaments and, in the Big Ten, all spring and winter sports.
Spring football, however, was not included in the Big Ten's initial spring and winter sports cancellation, but some schools have already announced changes to their practice schedules. All in-person and on-campus recruiting was suspended by the Big Ten.
UPDATE 3/13: The Big Ten suspended all team activities until April 6. The rest of the original post continues below.
The latest on Nebraska football was an update provided the morning of March 12. The Huskers, before classes at UNL had been canceled for the week of March 16 and moved online thereafter, were planning to proceed with practices as scheduled.
Nebraska held its pro day on March 12 and was set to practice three times between March 16 and 20, the last day before the university's spring break. The Huskers were scheduled return to campus on March 31 and resume practice.
A determination has not been made on the Huskers' April 18 spring game, but Athletic Director Bill Moos told Hail Varsity those discussions began happening among university officials in early March.
Nebraska's two spring games under head coach Scott Frost have each drawn more than 85,000 fans to Memorial Stadium.
Below are the spring practice and spring game cancellations or suspensions that have been announced thus far, along with the scheduled dates. We will continue to update this table as more announcements are made.
|SCHOOL||SPRING PRACTICE||SPRING GAME|
|Illinois||3.23 – 4.18 (Susp., 3.12)||4.18|
|Indiana||3.7 – 4.17|
|Iowa||3.25 – 4.24|
|Maryland||3.24 – 4.25||4.25|
|Michigan||3.17 – 4.20 (Susp., 3.12)|
|Michigan St.||3.17 – 4.18||4.18|
|Minnesota||3.3 – 4.4||4.4|
|Nebraska||3.9 – 4.18||4.18|
|Northwestern||2.25 – 4.13|
|Ohio St.||3.2 – 4.15|
|Penn St.||3.18 – 4.18 (Susp., 3.12)||4.18|
|Purdue||2.24 – 4.4||4.4|
|Wisconsin||3.10 – 4.18|
Brandon is the Managing Editor for Hail Varsity and has covered Nebraska athletics for the magazine and web since 2012, Hail Varsity’s first season on the scene. His sports writing has also been featured by Fox Sports, The Guardian and CBS Sports.