By Shereen Siewert
The future of the 2020 college football season looks grimmer by the day, with sources telling ESPN that the Big Ten is close to pulling the plug on fall sports.
Commissioners of the Power 5 conferences met Sunday in an emergency gathering to discuss growing concern regarding the upcoming football season, ESPN reports. No major decisions were announced but multiple sources have told ESPN that a “vast majority of Big Ten presidents” will likely vote to postpone the season.
The University of Wisconsin football team is slated to begin training camp today. The Badgers on Thursday said 21 of 259 student athletes tested positive for COVID-19 since June. Other universities are reporting larger numbers including Rutgers, which paused workouts after nearly 30 football players and staff members tested positive for the virus.
Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren last week said he preferred a spring football season, according to a Detroit Free Press report. But doing so would create major hurdles and timing concerns, all of which are being discussed by Big Ten presidents.
And according to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd, two prominent Power Five athletic directors have told him that it’s “inevitable” college football will not be played this fall.
A decision is expected to come down by the end of this week.