Badgers head football coach and athletic director react to Big 10 fall sports cancellation

Posted at 10:45 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 23:46:29-04

Chris Maragos played for the Badgers, and Eagles in the NFL. TMJ4 news asked the Racine native about the athlete's mindset through this difficult time.

"Oh Lance, I mean it's extremely hard. You know, I think the thing is, is that you know, you think about you know, just right now, and the short term. You know, everybody's in training camp and everybody's preparing for the season. But these guys have been preparing all year," Chris Maragos said.

TMJ4 News Main Sports Anchor Lance Allan asked the UW-Madison Athletic Director how tough it was for him to weigh the athletes wanting to play versus the safety factor and the unknown that you mentioned before?

"You know what? I know how much they wanted to play. I was right there with 'em. I wanted them to play too. You're gonna have to look at the safety. That was our number one priority, to start with," Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez said.

"This thing is bigger than anything. It was bigger than me. It's bigger than my players. Right? And so, you try to be transparent," Badgers Football Head Coach Paul Chryst said.

Now here are the new dilemmas for the Badgers, the Big Ten and college football. Some players will skip a spring season, to prepare for the NFL Draft and a quick turnaround to a fall NFL season. If you play both college seasons? You could play in the spring as well as in the fall. The jumbled schedule will be a factor.

"I think that you could definitely play in the spring and the fall," Maragos said. "There's some guys that might say, hey you know what? I'm just going to save it you know for the fall NFL season. If they're seniors, getting ready to go out."

Alvarez insists the elimination of sports overall has not come up for discussion.

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