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Report: Big Ten Conference expected to vote to cancel football in 2020

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Updated: August 10, 2020 10:37 PM

A Big Ten spokesman said no votes on fall sports had been taken by its presidents and chancellors as of Monday afternoon. The conference’s athletic directors were scheduled to meet later in the day, but it’s the university presidents who will have the final say on whether football is played.

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According to ESPN the presidents are expected to meet Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.

The Big Ten Conference is expected to cancel the 2020 college football season due to ongoing COVID-19 concerns, according to multiple reports.

Sources told the Detroit Free Press the presidents were in agreement Sunday to end fall sports in the conference.

Multiple sources told the Detroit Free Press that a final vote of 12-2 was in favor of the cancellation Monday morning. The sources requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly on the decision. A formal announcement is expected Tuesday, the sources confirmed to the Detroit Free Press.

The University of Minnesota voted to cancel the season, as the only two to press on to play were the University of Nebraska and the University of Iowa, according to the report.

However, a Big Ten spokesperson said that a vote among presidents has not yet taken place. According to the Detroit Free Press, presidents were expected to meet again Monday night at 6 p.m. to formally decide on playing football.

Just last week, the Big Ten released a revised 2020 college football schedule to begin in September. The schedule featured only Big Ten opponents facing each other.

According to ESPN, a coalition of players from all the Power Five conferences released a statement with demands that they want in play in order for a season to be had on Sunday.

However, others, including Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, have opted out of a potential season due to health risks.

The United States continues to see COVID-19 cases climb. As of Monday, the virus has infected over 5 million people in the country.

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