On Friday morning, the Big Ten Conference sent out an email informing everyone that “all organized team activities have been suspended until April 6, 2020, and will be re-evaluated at that time.”
The NCAA had already canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the men’s and women’s hockey tournaments, the wrestling national championships and every other winter and spring sport season, so this isn’t an entirely unexpected move by the conference.
“Our dept. is taking the COVID-19 situation very seriously. The safety & well-being of student-athletes, staff & fans is our highest priority. We support the @bigten move to cancel conf.-related sports events & activities for the remainder of the school year.” - Barry Alvarez— Wisconsin Badgers (@UWBadgers) March 12, 2020
For our purposes, the only new thing that this will affect is the football team starting spring practice at all. The Wisconsin Badgers were scheduled to start after spring break, which was a delay from their original start time, but now the start date is up in the air. There hasn’t been an official announcement from UW about spring practice being postponed/canceled but one would have to assume there will be one sooner rather than later.
The other thing that will be affected is recruiting. Spring is a time for a lot of on-campus visits for potential recruits and, if we are being honest, the best time to visit Madison if you are trying to impress someone who isn’t from around there.
Who knows when the Badgers will start conducing visits again because I’m sure this will be a school by school decision, but they won’t be allowed to consider it until April 6th at the earliest.
‼️UPDATE‼️— Jensen Gebhardt (@CoachGebhardt) March 12, 2020
No visits this spring, will adjust as we move forward... stay safe and smart!!! https://t.co/rmxY3cpT3d
Here is the full statement from the B1G:
BIG TEN STATEMENT
The Big Ten Conference announced today that all organized team activities have been suspended until April 6, 2020, and will be re-evaluated at that time.
The Big Ten has previously announced that in addition to canceling the Men’s Basketball Tournament it will be canceling all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year, and participation in all NCAA tournaments and competitions. The Conference also has announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future.
The Big Ten Conference will use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.