The Big Ten and the Pac-12, two of college American football’s “Power Five” conferences, have both postponed their 2020 football seasons due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.
The Big Ten, primarily comprising Midwest teams, did not mention a date of a possible return to action, but the West Coast-based Pac-12 said it “would consider a return to competition for impacted sports after January 1, 2021”.
Both conferences said they made the decision to suspend all fall sports based on the advice of their medical committees.
“The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward,” Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said.
The remaining three “Power Five” conferences – the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the Big XII – so far still intend to continue the season with shortened schedules.