First football now all fall sports are being postponed for the BIG 10 due to COVID-19 concerns. The announcement officially came today via their website where Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren ran down the reasons why this decision was made.
“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.”
Reactions are all over the place from players, coaches, and fans but the good news is Ohio State athletes will remain on scholarship and still have access to academic support services, mental health counseling, and more.
"We're disappointed, we really are...But we certainly understand that this was the time that we had to pull the plug."— Ohio State on BTN (@OhioStateOnBTN) August 11, 2020
- @OSU_AD Gene Smith reacted to the postponement of 2020 fall sports: pic.twitter.com/DxEjHyiVlj
Smh..— Justin Fields (@justnfields) August 11, 2020
The start of the 2020 Big Ten Conference fall athletics seasons has been postponed. The Big Ten will continue to evaluate options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring. https://t.co/Tj1QTNoFUP pic.twitter.com/ZitKIREEIV— Ohio State (@OhioState) August 11, 2020
Such a sad day for these young athletes. For all of us. Not sure what they do now. All that work out in. I couldn’t imagine.— JAY RICHARDSON (@JayRichardson99) August 11, 2020