What a wild 24-48 hours it has been---and it's not over. The future of the 2020 Big Ten football season--or at least the future of fall football--is very much in doubt. According to multiple reports, Big Ten Presidents will decide Tuesday on whether to move forward with the fall football schedule, delay the start of the season, or scrap the season entirely. The momentum Monday leaned heavily toward the conference cancelling the season. A Detroit Free Press report said that the Presidents, by a 12-2 margin, voted to pull the plug on fall football. That prompted a strong reaction from Big Ten players and coaches, including Buckeye coach Ryan Day.
Day took his message to the airwaves as well. He was a guest on ESPN's "College Football Live" when he not only stated his desire to play, but even suggested that Ohio State, if the Big Ten chooses to cancel, should keep options open and potentially explore playing in another conference this coming season.
Other Big Ten coaches, including Michigan's Jim Harbaugh, Penn State's James Franklin and Nebraska's Scott Frost, made their message loud and clear that cancelling the season, right now would be a mistake. Players around the league did the same including big name Buckeyes, headlined by quarterback Justin Fields.
It was just one week ago that the Big Ten released the 10 game conference schedules. The upcoming vote will determine whether that was all for naught. The vocal movement Monday from Day and other coaches was to at least delay the season. Was that message heard? Prominent reporters weighed in. We'll find out soon enough.
On the Joel Riley show Tuesday morning, we were joined by Bill Rabinowitz of the Dispatch to get his take on this wild ride in college football and what the Presidents may decide about 2020 Big Ten football. Great conversation with Bill. If you missed it, you can listen by clicking here to go to Joel's podcast page.