INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (WKBN) – The Big 10 presidents have voted to postpone the fall sports seasons Tuesday with the hopes of playing in the spring.
The league released the following statement:
“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President.Big Ten Conference
“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.
“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.”
Fall sports include men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.
Here is the full release from the conference
The Big 10 becomes the first Power 5 conference to move the season from the fall to the spring.
On Saturday, the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS conference to make the move to the spring.