Big Ten and Pac-12 fall sports has been postpone till spring due to COVID-19. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren cited “too much uncertainty” for possible medical risks.
“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of ours students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President.
The postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season includes all regular-season contents and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments due to safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Big Ten officials cited making their decision based on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.
The announcement includes men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. The Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options, including the possibility of competition in the spring.
According to Yahoo Sports!, Pac-12 will also postpone fall sports with the possibility of playing in the Spring. Pac-12 officials have reportedly cited a link between coronavirus and myocarditis, which officials called “eye-opening.”
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart that has been found in some COVID-19 cases. It is believed to be a potential long-term complication, even if the person is young and healthy.
No decision was made by either conference on winter and spring sports today.