By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The BIG-10 becomes one of the first of the Power 5 conferences to cancel the upcoming football season. According to the Detroit free Press 12 of the 14 school Presidents were in favor of canceling the season. The is the first time in 125 years this takes place.
“The physical and mental health and welfare of our student athletes has been at the center of each decision that we regarding on whether we proceed forward,” said first year Big10 commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our BIG-10 Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the BIG-10 Sports Medicine Committee it became abundantly clear that there was to much uncertainty regarding potential medical risk to allow our student athletes to compete this fall. “
Shortly after the announcement the PAC-12 announced it would be cancelling its Fall sports also. According to the Seattle Times PAC-12 Commissioner Larry Scott received a letter from the Medical Advisory Board and University of Utah and Utah Jazz team Physician Dr. David Petron recommending the conference “Stop contact and competitive activities” until the institutions that can meet COVID-19 testing that would allow the result to be had with in a 24 hour period. Also the ability to quarantine positive cases and have adequate health care capacity in the local community.
The BIG-10 and PAC-12 follow the Mountain West Conference, the IVY League and the MAC with postponing fall sports.