"The Big Ten is expected to cancel the 2020 college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, multiple people with knowledge of the decision told the Free Press", the newspaper reported. Nebraska and Iowa reportedly were the two schools that voted in favor of playing. That came after weekend rumblings that the conference was leaning towards cancellation.
According to Dan Patrick, the presidents voted 12-2 to cancel the fall sports season.
If the rumor of the vote was a strategy to test public opinion, it certainly stirred up plenty of discussion.
Lawrence and Fields were among the the most prominent college football players who took to social media Sunday to declare their desire to a have a 2020 season, using the hashtag #WeWantToPlay.
President Trump also told Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany that "he very much would like to see college football safely resume their sport ... he'd like to see [these athletes] live out their dreams". "We want to play a Big Ten schedule".
A source who asked for anonymity because they are not authorized to speak for the University of MI confirmed other media reports that the Big Ten will not be playing fall football.
The 2020 college football season was officially in doubt.
In the meantime, Nebraska coach Scott Frost said his team wants to play a full schedule, no matter the conference affiliation. "If I had a son, I would want him playing football".
The CEO group is made up of a chancellor or president from each of the conference's 12 universities and is the ultimate decision-maker for the Pac-12.
After Clemson star Trevor Lawrence sparked a movement by tweeting "we want to play", he was contacted by a player activist from MI and in a couple hours #WeWantToPlay was merged with #WeAreUnited.
"Let's work together to create a situation where we can play the game that all of us love. That's our mindset. But I can't make a prediction". Frost was also asked if the Huskers might try to find other alternatives if the Big Ten indeed decides to shut things down.
Before taking action, officials of the ACC, Big 12 and SEC hoped to wait until students return to campuses by the thousands this month.