"The Big Ten's decision to postpone fall sports is one we have been dreading, but it was made in the best interest of the health and safety of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and community", Cook wrote.
UW Chancellor Rebecca Blank and Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said in a release that they support Big Ten's decision regarding postponing the fall season.
What that looks like is anybody's guess, but officials in those conferences need to figure out everything from how to prepare in the fall to how much to play in the spring and who exactly is going to be suiting up for these teams. "There probably isn't any obvious reason why it couldn't work to continue to try to play a postseason, but you're looking at a December-January time frame right in the heart of the virus season".
Ferentz praised his players - calling them "unflappable" - and said they and coaches were working hard to play football this fall.
"I am saddened [student-athletes] won't be able to showcase their talents this fall, but we will be ready for the next time we can be out on Jeffrey Field and represent our great institution", Dambach said.
Wisconsin of the Big Ten has estimated $100 million in losses with no football at all. "The vast majority of our team wants to play. Nothing is more important", they wrote.
With a few weeks to go before classes start at most schools, there is still time for a player to transfer, apply for a waiver from the NCAA, and be eligible by opening day.
The two other conferences in the Power Five, the SEC and the ACC, have both come out in favor of playing a fall season. Decisions regarding winter and spring sports are still being evaluated, according to the statement. He politely told Nebraska that if it goes rogue, it can pack it where the corn doesn't husk.
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The Big 12 has still not released its revised schedule. Occasionally players from that spring league would end up on NFL rosters the following fall.
The decision comes after commissioners of the five biggest conferences, including the Big 10 and Pac-12, met Sunday and Monday to discuss the pandemic.
Not everyone in the Big Ten was thrilled with the decision.
Those of us who were not happy with the Big Ten will come across to many as not caring about the players as much as two leagues who have chose to try to put many of those players through two seasons in one year.
Safety should be the priority here. The Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee was represented by a health-care professional from each university's athletic department. "We want to play no matter who it is or where it is".
Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports, "When the pandemic halted college sports and the rest of American life in mid-March, administrators viewed the stoppage of college football as a financially catastrophic but unlikely prospect".
"The last two days in particular, the anxiety and stress, for coaches and players, was something we talked quite a bit about, " said Aranda, the first-year Baylor coach. We appreciate the continued support and understanding of all those associated with Badger Athletics and the fans who cheer them on and look forward to the day we can safely resume competition in college athletics. "You don't know what's going to happen the next day".