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Reports say Big Ten conference will cancel fall football season due to COVID-19 pandemic

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  A source who asked for anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for the University of Michigan confirmed other media reports that the Big Ten will not be playing football.

Multiple media outlets reported that the presidents of all 14 Big Ten universities voted on the cancellation on Sunday. The University of Michigan and Michigan State University, both with presidents who are physicians, voted for the cancellation of the season. The only two schools to vote against the cancellation were Nebraska and Iowa. 

The reaction from players and coaches has been mixed. In a statement, U-M head football coach Jim Harbaugh praised the health and safety guidelines implemented for the football team. 

“I am forever proud of our players, parents, coaches and staff for being leaders and role models in our sport, at our institution and in society. We will continue to follow all health and safety guidelines, teach, train, and coach those young men and their families that have put their trust in us, while advocating for a football season in the fall.” 

Other players and coaches expressed their disappointment with the cancellation of the fall season, tweeting the hashtag #wewanttoplay and #wewanttocoach.

 

U-M offensive coordinator Josh Gattis tweeted with the hashtag, and praised the health and safety procedures at U-M, saying "Our medical protocol is the standard."

Other players, like DeAri Todd of MSU, expressed understanding of the reasoning behind the decision to cancel the fall season.

Todd tweeted, “I aspire to possibly be a professional NFL player, but I also aspire to be a great father, husband, and brother. It’s bigger than football at this point.” 

Todd also retweeted former Ohio State University player and Detroit native Mike Weber, who said, “I mean I lost two family members to COVID and I don’t want no one Else to experience that . As much as I love football . I can see why they cancelled . People have died and still dying from this virus . Lives are more important than football.” 

The Big Ten has yet to release a formal announcement of the cancellation.

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