According to the ESPN, Big Ten presidents and sports directors discussed scenarios for conferences earlier this week, and coaches were consulted on Thursday. Some involved in the discussion advocated maintaining a non-conference game, but there is “overwhelming support” for a 10-game football plan that only includes Big Ten games.
The Big Ten said details of each sport will be released at a later date. Football matches are likely to be postponed because the dates for canceling non-conference matches are open.
“This decision was made after many months of thoughtful discussions between the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors, the Athletics Directors, Conference Office staff, and medical experts, including the Big Ten Infectious Diseases Task Force and the Big Ten Committee for sports medicine “, was the statement.
The conference also admitted that autumn sports may not be played at all.
“As we continue to focus on playing safely and responsibly this season, based on the best advice from medical experts, we are also prepared not to play to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of our student athletes.”
Warren said the conference will put together the new football plan “next week or so” after working with TV partners.