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Big Ten Postpones 2020 Fall Sports Season, Hopes to Play in Spring

August 11, 2020

The Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday afternoon that all fall sports for the 2020 season have been postponed. Conference presidents voted to postpone the seasons, rather than canceling, in hopes of playing in the spring.

“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 in a statement released by the conference. “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.
“We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so.”

The news comes on the heels of many Big Ten conference coaches and players pleading for the opportunity to play this fall, as mentioned by Warren in his statement. Many of those tweets and posts shared a similar hashtag: #WeWantToPlay. Despite the last minute push for an opportunity to play, the Big Ten opted to postpone the fall sports seasons. Nebraska has four sports affected by the decision: football, volleyball, women’s soccer and cross country.

Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green, President Ted Carter, Athletic Director Bill Moos and football coach Scott Frost released a joint statement following the announcement.

“We are very disappointed in the decision by the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall football season, as we have been and continue to be ready to play,” the statement said. "Safety comes first. Based on the conversations with our medical experts, we continue to strongly believe the absolute safest place for our student athletes is within the rigorous safety protocols, testing procedures, and the structure and support provided by Husker Athletics.

"We will continue to consult with medical experts and evaluate the situation as it emerges. We hope it may be possible for our student athletes to have the opportunity to compete.”

Nebraska coach Scott Frost spoke extensively about it on Monday, following the Huskers’ third practice of fall camp. He shared Nebraska’s desire to play, even if that meant looking outside of the conference to play.

“We’re committed to playing football at the University of Nebraska,” Frost said. “We’re a proud member of the Big Ten. I think it’s the best conference in the country. We want to play a Big Ten schedule. I think our university is committed to playing football regardless of what anyone else does.”

The Big Ten said any decisions regarding winter and spring sports will continue to be evaluated. 

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