The president joined a growing chorus of lawmakers calling for universities to play football this year as reports say the Big Ten may have become the first Power 5 conference to cancel the season (a Big Ten spokesperson denied there was a vote on that subject).
Sources told the Free Press on Saturday that Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren prefers a spring football season, although no decision has been made. "Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so". That, like the Big Ten announcement, leaves open the possibility of running fall sports in the spring if the pandemic improves.
"The Big Ten and Pac-12 will cancel their seasons [Tuesday]", Patrick said.
In addition to football, the decision postpones fall sports such as cross-country, field hockey, soccer and women's volleyball.
The decision was based on several factors, officials said, plus a reliance on the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.
"We have shown over the weeks since returning to campus that we could meet the challenge and provide our student-athletes the opportunity of a fall football season", Harbaugh continued in his Tuesday statement.
Former Big 12 school Nebraska expressed their thoughts on the Big Ten's decision, and said they are dedicated to playing the season, no matter what it takes.
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The decision was followed by reports that university presidents from the 14 schools representing the Big Ten were meeting to deliberate on whether a season would be played amid the pandemic.
As the push gained traction on social media, Trump on Monday tweeted his support.
MI coach Jim Harbaugh also pushed for playing games, saying, "This virus can be controlled".
There's the letter sent by Nebraska senator Ben Sasse to Big Ten presidents and chancellors that includes the absurd phrase "life is about tradeoffs", as if playing football in exchange for risking your health and life were equal.
"This isn't easy", Harbaugh said. "This is all new & you'll gain better information each day, '" SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter.
"We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference".
California recently surpassed 10,000 deaths tied to COVID-19 after the number of daily fatalities steadily ticked upward since early July.