Some of the most prominent players in the sport earlier this week mounted a public campaign pushing for a fall football season so long as athletes' voices were considered and adequate health care was offered.
Asked Tuesday about Nebraska's discussions to play outside the conference, commissioner Kevin Warren told the Big Ten Network, "I take those statements as a point of passion and supporting and representing their universities".
Big Ten officials said they will evaluate several options regarding a return to competition, including moving the seasons to the spring.
"All of the Pac-12 presidents and chancellors understand the importance of this decision, and the disappointment it will create for our student-athletes, the coaches, support staff, and all of our fans", said Michael H. Schill, president of the University of Oregon.
In addition to football, the decision postpones fall sports such as cross-country, field hockey, soccer and women's volleyball. While the Big Ten's announcement didn't mention winter sports, the Pac-12 announcement makes clear that no sports - including swimming & diving - will be able to compete until January of 2021 at the earliest.
News that the Big Ten would postpone or cancel the 2020-21 football season was first reported by the Detroit Free Press on Monday. The conference could play the schedule in the spring.
Conference officials had talked longingly about a fall season in April and May as the number of COVID-19 infections slowed nationwide and health and safety experts prepared plans created to protect players from the virus.
The presidents voted, 12-2, Sunday to end the fall sports in the conference.
"The health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes and all those connected to Pac-12 sports has been our number one priority since the start of this current crisis", said Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.
"Play College Football", Trump said in one tweet.
MI coach Jim Harbaugh also pushed for playing games, saying, "This virus can be controlled". "Can we play? I don't know", he said.
"This isn't easy", Harbaugh said.
"Covid-19 is serious", Brady Feeney wrote.