By Shereen Siewert

The Big 10 has scrubbed the 2020 fall college football season due to concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference announced on Tuesday.

The conference aims to shift fall sports in the spring if the move is viable.

“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,” said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren. “As time progressed and after hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.”

The announcement comes days after the Big Ten announced a revised conference-only schedule and health and safety protocols to help ensure the season could move forward.

University presidents met Saturday to discuss the viability of the season, but no weekend announcement was made until Tuesday.

One growing concern among coaches and university staff is emerging evidence that COVID-19 can cause myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle. Several team doctors have pointed to myocarditis as a problematic symptom in athletes testing positive for the novel coronavirus.