Report: Big Ten schools vote against having fall football season

Schools reportedly voted 12-2 against fall season

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2019, file photo, the Big Ten logo is displayed on the field before an NCAA college football game between Iowa and Miami of Ohio in Iowa City, Iowa. The Big Ten released its 10-game conference-only football schedule beginning as early as Labor Day weekend but cautioned there is no certainty games will be played. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File) (Charlie Neibergall, Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The majority of the Big Ten has voted against having a fall football season amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, according to a report.

Dan Patrick, of the Dan Patrick show, said 12 of the league’s 14 members voted against playing college football this fall, with Nebraska and Iowa the lone votes to play.

That would mean Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Penn State all voted against playing -- a bit of a surprise considering the role football plays at those four schools.

According to the report, the Big Ten is expected to officially cancel the season Tuesday.

Patrick also said the Pac-12 would cancel its season.

This news comes just days after the Big Ten released a modified, 10-game schedule for the 2020 season.

On Twitter, student-athletes and college coaches alike are using the hashtag “#WeWantToPlay” in an effort to keep the season from getting postponed. The momentum against having a season appears to be too strong, however.

Last week, the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS league to cancel football.

Some leagues, including the MAC, will try to play some semblance of a season in the spring, depending on the state of the pandemic. More details about that possible plan would likely come out closer to the start of the season.

Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association have all resume play, with the NHL and NBA doing so in a bubble. Both bubble leagues have had great success preventing COVID-19 cases, while MLB has seen a few outbreaks, most notably with the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals.

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