No decision has been reached yet, and the discussions are expected to continue over the next few days. CBS and Yahoo! Sports quoted an unnamed Big Ten spokesman as saying “No vote has been held by our presidents and chancellors.”
CNN has reached out to the Big Ten for clarification but has not heard back.
Big Ten coaches want to play football
Meanwhile, some coaches are resisting the idea of not playing.
“I would say we cannot cancel the season right now,” said Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day, in an interview on ESPN2. “We have to at the very least postpone it and allow us a little bit of time to keep reevaluating everything that’s going on.”
“We owe it to these kids to exhaust every single option we possibly can and then we go from there,” Day said. “But doing that right now, to me, right now, would be abrupt.”
University of Nebraska head coach Scott Frost told the media Monday the Cornhuskers might play outside the conference if the Big Ten canceled the season.
“Our university is committed to playing no matter what, no matter what that looks like and how that looks,” he said. “We certainly hope it’s in the Big Ten. If it isn’t, I think we’re prepared to look for other options.”
University of Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh on Monday advocated for football to be played this fall, saying, “This virus can be controlled.”
Harbaugh said the program’s Covid-19 test results included zero positives in its last 353 tests and no positives among staff.
“We respect the challenge that the virus has presented however we will not cower from it,” he said in a statement.
Media reports say Big Ten, Pac-12 will announce decision Tuesday
The Detroit Free Press reported Monday, citing sources, that the Big Ten conference is canceling its football season. Also, on his Fox Sports Radio show Monday morning, longtime sports show host Dan Patrick said he’d been told the Big Ten and Pac-12 football conferences will announce cancellation of their football seasons Tuesday.
CNN has learned the Pac-12 CEO Group is set to meet Tuesday. CNN has reached out to the Pac-12 conference to verify reports of the football season cancellation.
Three smaller conferences cancel seasons
Meanwhile, three smaller athletic conferences said they’re suspending fall sports competition.
The Mountain West Conference on Monday announced the indefinite postponement of all scheduled fall sports.
The last four of 10 schools in the Colonial Athletic Association conference announced Monday they won’t play because of the pandemic.
“As the national picture came into focus over the last week, it became clear that Fall competition would not be possible,” James Madison Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne said in a statement.
Saturday, the Mid-American Conference called off competition. The MAC is the first conference from NCAA’s top-tier Division I Football Bowl Subdivision to postpone its football season.
A source within one of the conferences tells CNN that the Power Five conference commissioners have been meeting for months to discuss the fate of fall sports and would continue to do so.
CNN has reached out to each of the Power Five conferences for more information. When asked about the situation, the NCAA advised CNN to seek comment from the individual conferences.
Aside from football, the other fall collegiate sports include men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, and women’s volleyball.