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Power 5 conferences talking about postponing fall football

Big Ten presidents are ready to pull the plug on their fall sports season.
Published: Aug. 9, 2020 at 8:58 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - In the world of college athletics, it has been a wild back-and-forth 24 hours.

Conflicting reports are everywhere as a couple of the power-five conferences appear to be leaning towards canceling college football.

College football fans are holding their collective breath Monday about the immediate future of college football for the 2020 season. The rumors began surfacing Sunday afternoon and evening about the Big-10 was going to cancel its schedule.

Here is what we know.

ESPN first reported the Big-10 decided to cancel their 2020 schedule by a vote of 12-to-2 with Nebraska and Iowa saying no. Then we hear Monday that the presidents and chancellors of the Big-10 had yet to officially vote.

As for the SEC, it appears the conference is still on its present course to have a season in 2020. SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said via Twitter Monday that the SEC has been deliberate in their decision making.

There is definitely some divide between some people with the conferences with the coaches and players on one side and the decision-makers on the other.

Here’s another rub, it appears the Big-10 doesn’t want to be alone in making this move to cancel. It seems they are trying to gauge and maybe even persuade other conferences to also cancel football.

Sports Illustrated writer and columnist Pat Forde had this to say Monday on the Big-10 Network:

“At this stage, it does not look promising, it doesn’t look good. I think there are numerous reports that the Big Ten is really on the front edge of probably postponing the season and I expect for that to happen, likely within the next 24 to 36 hours, I would say, by the end of the day Tuesday. Everything we have been able to hear and to report is that the Big Ten is the least likely conference to play fall football and I think others will probably fall in line behind it.”

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