The Big Ten football season appears to be on the brink of postponement, with sports commentator Dan Patrick announcing Monday morning that a vote involving 14 Big Ten presidents favored not having a college football season this fall.
"According to Dan's source, 12 of the 14 Presidents from the Big Ten have voted against having a Fall College Football season. Iowa and Nebraska were the two that have been pushing to play," the Dan Patrick Show's Twitter account wrote.
"Here's the information I got almost an hour ago," Patrick said. "The Big Ten and Pac 12 will cancel their football seasons tomorrow. The ACC and the Big 12 are on the fence. The SEC is trying to get a delay to have teams join them."
The source told Patrick: "Three Big Ten teams that I've spoken with said it's done." The source said the SEC is "trying to buy time" to see if schools from the ACC or Big 12 will join them in pursuit of playing this fall.
ESPN reports that if the season is postponed there remains a chance that it could be moved to the spring, similar to what numerous high school leagues have done in America, including in Minnesota.
The Minnesota State High School League formally approved a plan to move football and volleyball to the late winter/early spring period due to the ongoing threat of the coronavirus.
The threat of COVID-19 has already taken a toll on the Gophers with All-Big Ten wide receiver Rashod Bateman forgoing the upcoming season to instead prepare for the 2021 NFL Draft. Prior to any reports of postponing or canceling the season, the Big Ten approved a plan to play a 10-game conference schedule while wiping out all non-conference games.
Minnesota was scheduled to open the regular season Sept. 5 at Michigan State.