Reports: Big Ten to cancel football season, other fall sports


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By Dan McCaleb | The Center Square

(The Center Square) – Presidents of The Big Ten universities have voted to cancel the 2020 college football season along with other fall sports, the Detroit Free Press and other media outlets are reporting.

The decision comes over ongoing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mid-American Conference was the first FBS conference to cancel its season when it did so Saturday.

Sports radio host Dan Patrick reported Monday that the presidents of teh universities of Nebraska and Iowa were the only two to vote to play the season.

The Big Ten also includes Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana, Wisconsin, Maryland, Minnesota and Purdue.

Patrick also reported that the PAC-12 also will cancel its football season.

The economic ramifications of cancelling the season for Big Ten school communities is expected to be significant.

An official announcement on the decision is expected Tuesday, according to the Free Press.

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