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Wisconsin football: Big Ten cancels 2020 college football season, per report [UPDATE x2: maybe not?????????????]

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It’s been coming for awhile, but this one still stings.

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Are you in the right headspace to receive this information? Well, if not, close this article immediately. According to an article from the Detroit Free Press the Big Ten Conference has voted to cancel the 2020 college football season due to concerns with the COVID-19 pandemic. It appears the Detroit Free Press has confirmed with multiple sources, and that a formal announcement is expected on Tuesday.

Earlier this morning Dan Patrick said on his radio show that the presidents from each school had taken a vote, with 12 of the 14 members voting to cancel the 2020 football season. Iowa and Nebraska, reportedly, we’re the two members that voted to play.

Of course these are all sources, and anonymous ones at that, so nothing will be official until we hear from the Big Ten and commissioner Kevin Warren. However, these are pretty big claims to be making and I would venture to guess the info is pretty concrete if you are reporting something of this magnitude.

As for conferences outside the Big Ten, it appears the PAC 12 has also discussed that they will cancel football for their conference with a similar statement coming Tuesday. The SEC, ACC, and Big 12 all appear to be in a holding pattern as they try to delay and come up with a contingent plan.

So what’s next? Honestly, for the first time, I have no idea. This news story has been like a wave coming out at sea and we have all been standing at the shore waiting for it to creep in. It appears the wave is beginning to swell, and by all accounts is about to crash. It sucks. It just bleeping sucks. I really have no way to sugarcoat this one. Of course we will have more info as more news comes out.

UPDATE: Monday, August 10th, 12:17 p.m. CST

According to multiple tweets from multiple reporters, there hasn’t been any decision made on whether or not the B1G will be playing football this year.

As always...we’ll keep you posted.

UPDATE x2: Monday, August 10th, 5:06 p.m. CST

Perhaps some momentum shifting to delaying the start of the season as opposed to cancelling it outright, according to Kirk Herbstreit.

A couple of B1G coaches have also expressed their interest in playing football this season regardless of if it is in the B1G or not.