The odds of a college football season are looking more and more bleak, especially after the latest report ESPN released today. Power Conference commissioners held an emergency meeting earlier today, with the outlet reporting that Big Ten presidents are “ready to pull the plug” on their fall sports seasons.
They wanted to first gauge, however, if key decision makers of the other Power Conferences will potentially follow suit. Pac-12 presidents and chancellors, for example, are scheduled to meet on Tuesday.
UPDATE: Cole Cubelic of ESPN and SEC Network tweeted tonight at 8:58 PM ET that the Big Ten has indeed made a decision on what it will do with its football season, though that choice has not yet been made known to the public.
Multiple sources have now told ESPN over the past two days that the postponement or cancelation of the fall college football season seems “inevitable,” with those same sources believing it will take one of the Power Conferences — likely either the Big Ten or Pac-12 — to be the first league to to cancel their season.
“Nobody wanted to be the first to do it,” a Power Conference coach told ESPN. “And now nobody will want to be the last.”
“It feels like no one wants to, but it’s reaching the point where someone is going to have to,” a Power Conference administrator said.
The MAC became the first FBS conference to cancel its fall football season, when they made the call yesterday. It seems inevitable that the other small leagues will follow suit, and now according to the ESPN report, Power Conferences as well.
Michigan began practice on Friday, but an immediate red flag was when the Big Ten announced none of its league members would be allowed to hold padded practices, but instead practices without helmets only (basically eliminating much/any contact).
Below are a few other discouraging tweets from prominent sources today that are signaling the cancelation of the 2020 season altogether.