Update: The PAC-12 has now also officially postponed all team sports through January 1st.
After a wild 72 hours of speculation, it’s official: two of college football’s power 5 conferences will not play football this fall.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren explained the decision to postpone fall sports in 2020: pic.twitter.com/NnCXQmGEZS— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 11, 2020
There’s a lot to unpack here, and I’m not going to attempt a full breakdown. But off the top of my head, I’d say it’s pretty likely that this was not a unanimous decision. Not just in regard to Iowa and Nebraska, two schools who reportedly voted to play this fall, but also in regard to the coaches and players of other schools. The people in suits and the people in sweats are going to be on opposite sides here, and it will be interesting to see the long term fallout.
With regard to other conferences, multiple reports have the SEC presidents meeting yesterday and charting a course to play beginning September 26th. And while that remains the most likely course, as we discussed yesterday, it will be hard to do that if other conferences break ranks and follow the Big Ten’s lead. The SEC in particular is probably looking for a decision from the Big XII, which could make an updated decision as early as this evening. If the Big Ten, PAC-12, and Big XII opt out of 2020, it makes it much harder for the SEC and ACC to do so without addressing the stated reasons the other conferences raised the white flag.
Feel free to comment and conjecture below. Be aware however that with emotions likely running high over the next few hours and days your management needs you to be good to each other. We all want the same thing: for Georgia to win every college football game it can while Dan Mullen and Gus Malzahn fly screaming into the open maw of a fiery volcano in a brakeless golf cart.
Or maybe that’s just me. Either way, let’s try to give each other the benefit of the doubt for awhile. Until later...