Published: Mon, August 10, 2020
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Big Ten will not play sports in the fall

"I love our players & believe it is my responsibility to help them chase their dreams, both collectively & individually", Franklin said.

On the coaching side, MI head football coach Jim Harbaugh also wrote a statement supporting the college football season in the fall and opposing cancellation.

The Ohio State University likely won't be playing football this fall after all.

Like Harbaugh, Frost pointed to the school's facility as safer for the student-athlete than if they weren't playing this season. What does the Big 12 need to see or hear before making its decision to stay with the fall or push to the spring? Offensive tackle Jalen McKenzie, who was among the Trojans to offer support for the #WeAreUnited group, used social media to voice his desire to play. "Our university's committed to playing, no matter what, no matter what that looks like or how that looks". We certainly hope its in the Big Ten. So yeah, I'm, I'm 100% in favor of and in fact, when the SEC changed the schedule up, you know, I was like, 'OK, so we're just not going to do Florida-Florida State?' I was like we could maybe we can find a way to squeeze that in as well.

The Big Ten would be the latest conference, and most high profile, to officially announce that fall sports would be canceled. "Our football players want to play, the coaches want to coach".

"Families were made aware of the opt out procedure and at no time were players pressured to participate in an uncomfortable situation", Freiermuth said. UConn, an independent, was the first FBS school to cancel its season earlier this week.

On Sunday, reports started to develop that the Big Ten was on the verge of canceling football in the fall.

"Since day one coming back to campus the Penn State Football staff and medical experts have put our health and safety first, above anything else", Penn State junior tight end Pat Freiermuth wrote on Twitter.

How these developments play out across major college football will be known soon. The Pac-12 is expected to follow the Big Ten's lead, as it has with scheduling models.

He added the SEC is trying to get a delay, while the Big 12 and the ACC are still on the fence.

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