Report: Big Ten presidents vote to cancel football season

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Aug 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-10 14:02:00-04

According to a report from sports broadcaster Dan Patrick, both the Big Ten and the and the PAC 12 will cancel their seasons on Tuesday. 10 of the 12 Big Ten presidents voted to cancel the season, with Iowa and Nebraska the only two who voted to play.

According to Patrick, the SEC is trying to get a delay and the ACC and Big 12 are on the fence.

According to Patrick's source, three Big Ten teams have said the season is "done."

It comes just days after the MAC announced it was canceling the season.

College football players from across the country united in an attempt to save a season being threatened by the pandemic and ensure they won't be left out of the big decisions anymore.

After Clemson star Trevor Lawrence sparked a movement by tweeting “we want to play,” he was contacted by a player activist from Michigan and in a couple hours #WeWantToPlay was merged with #WeAreUnited.

The #WeAreUnited hashtag was used a week ago by a group of Pac-12 players in announcing a movement they say has the support of hundreds of peers within their conference. They have threatened mass opt-outs by players if concerns about COVID-19 protocols, racial injustice in college sports and economic rights for athletes are not addressed.

#BigTenUnited arrived on the scene a couple days later, a movement that claimed the backing off 1,000 Big Ten football players. Their demands were more targeted, strictly related to health and safety in dealing with COVID-19.

Not only do they want to play, but they want to create a players association for college football.

Under the logos of each Power Five conference — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — the players pronounced their platform:

—We all want to play football this season.

—Establish universal mandated health & safety procedures and protocols to protect college athletes against COVID-19 among all conferences throughout the NCAA.

—Give players the opportunity to opt out and respect their decision.

—Guarantee eligibility whether a player chooses to play the season or not.

—Use our voices to establish open communication and trust between players and officials: Ultimately create a College Football Players Association.