The Big Ten’s presidents have reportedly voted to cancel the upcoming college football season due to concerns stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The presidents voted August 9 with a 12-2 result. Ohio State was among the schools that voted to cancel the season. Only Iowa and Nebraska voted to play the season, according to ESPN’s Dan Patrick.
The Detroit Free Press report states that a formal announcement on the decision is expected to come August 11.
According to Patrick, the Pac-12 will also announce its decision to cancel the season August 11.
The ACC and Big 12 are reportedly still on the fence while the SEC is working on getting teams who want to play to join them for a season with exclusive television contracts for the games, Patrick reported.
DP was told an hour ago that the Big 10 and Pac 12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow… The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence.. And the SEC is trying to get teams to join them for a season.
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) August 10, 2020
Shortly after reports of a vote from the Big Ten, a conflicting report said that no vote was held and a decision has not been made.
Just got a text from a Big Ten spokesman. "No vote has been held by our presidents and chancellors." Hence, the Big Ten watch continues.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 10, 2020
On August 8, the MAC, which houses the University of Akron and Kent State University, became the first FBS to cancel its season. The conference is attempting to plan for the 2021 spring semester.
ESPN reports have indicated that the Big Ten has been working with the other Power 5 conferences to coordinate a cancellation and announcement together.