The likely shutdown of college football sparked a wave of support Monday for 2020 season play, from the President of the United States to the Ohio State head coach, to a nation of sports. Thao was divided on the third day of the cataclysm’s decisions.
Or another day of delayed action. Nothing is certain.
Adhering to its fractured nature, the NCAA’s five richest conferences have formed factions on the idea of whether to play this fall, split into warring parties: Pac-12 and Big Ten tentative will cancel or delay their season; SEC and ACC want to play; and the Big 12 is “really divided,” according to multiple sources. One divided conference sitting among other divided conferences is a metaphor that is fitting for the whole sport.
All of this was triggered by the fact that the Big Ten was about to cancel its season. More than 24 hours after the first reports were released from ESPN, Yahoo Sports and SI on potential Big Ten plans, the conference has yet to make an announcement and is currently underway in an internal conflict. take place on Monday. From senior politicians to tournament coaches, many have voiced strong support for the 2020 season, some of them specifically targeting the Big Ten and commissioner Kevin Warren.
“Kevin had more backlash today than he thought,”; said an industry source. “It may not change their position, but at least it slows down the train. It may still end up in the same destination, but this has slowed them down.
The Big Ten leaders are expected to meet on Tuesday. ESPN reported that a decision could be made during its 10:30 a.m. ET meeting. That could turn out to be one of the most fruitful days in college football history, in which a slew of Power 5 conference presidents decide to end the season, keep moving forward – or, in many schools In other cases, delay the game starting more than they already have.
The sports department’s top executives and leaders spoke to Sports illustrated on Monday’s events and potential Tuesday decisions. One industry insider summarized the situation like that: “We have mastered the art of entertainment, if nothing else. God, what a mess ”.
Tuesday’s most likely call could have come from the west. Pac-12 is expected to vote in the 2020 season during the presidential meeting on Tuesday. While many senior sources in the industry expect them to end their efforts in the fall, the conference may choose to significantly delay the start time. In an interview with ESPN radio station, Utah team doctor Dave Petron suggested that the delay could be the direction for the conference. Pac-12 is scheduled to begin September 26, later than the original launch date.
Petron and the other doctors of the federation plan to briefly tell the conference leaders about an in-depth medical document that currently advises teams to stop all contact activity. Medical documentation is of interest to tournaments across the country. Administrators that are preparing the report and its content, are expected to highlight the heart-related risks associated with the virus. Sports illustrated wrote about the issue in a story published Sunday morning, and that topic has aroused the most recent suspicions among decision-makers.
Tuesday’s most important decision could come from Big 12. Given its geographic location in the middle of America, the Big 12 seems to be crossing the proverbial barrier. Its neighbors to the west and north, Pac-12 and Big Ten, are drifting sideways while its neighbors to the east and south, the ACC and SEC, are moving forward in a Season.
One industry source calls the Big 12 the “pillar” and many administrators describe the conference as the “split” of a decision. “I think the dialog can turn it around in one way or another,” said a conference source. A private federation source described such split: “a small group absolutely wants to postpone the season; a small group absolutely wants to play; and a majority in the middle, saying we are not. decide now. “Sources said, ADs and the president are expected to meet in a joint call on Tuesday night, where a vote is expected to be canceled, proceeding. Or delay the fall.
The Big 12’s position as the Power 5 swing conference became clear. A source familiar with the situation said ACC presidents contacted the Big 12 presidents this week to assess what that federation would do, announcing that it would affect ACC’s position. . If the Big 12 joins the Pac-12 and the Big Ten is postponed until 2021, the ACC will feel obligated to accompany, the source said, essentially leaving the SEC on an island. . If Big 12 refuses this decision, it would also allow ACC to stay the same.
“If the SEC, ACC and Big 12 can play, I think they can,” said an industry source. One Big 12 administrator, on condition of anonymity, said, “We all know that Big Ten and Pac-12 will do something. Will we be followers? Time to unplug? If we are on the fence, we don’t make a decision. If we’re still wondering about it, why should we make a decision? If the ACC and the SEC agree, we may collect more information ”.
Adding another Big 12 admin: “In case we cancel the season – and I’m not saying we will – we have to be able to come out and say why. It can’t be ‘Wow, because Pac-12 decided.’ We’re trying to get people to think we should cancel now to take a deep breath. We are not required to make a decision now throughout the year. “
By the time the Big 12 meets, Pac-12 is expected to publish a decision, along with its medical report, a document capable of changing the views of decision-makers in associations. Another suggestion, namely the Big 12 is wobbly. , the conference was “tilted” towards Big Ten and Pac-12 earlier in the day. “They are not inclined [much] the source said.
Meanwhile, to the Southeast, teams are forging forward. ACC sports directors met three times on Monday, moving forward with the goal of kick-off on September 10. At an impromptu meeting on Monday, SEC presidents scheduled Will take the same approach, reflecting an earlier statement from SEC commissioner Greg Sankey suggesting that the tournament will continue towards success. Both conferences want to get as many Power 5 companies on board as possible, which is why they’re keeping a close eye on the Big 12.
Three of the remaining Five Group of conferences – AAC, Conference USA and Sun Belt – are moving forward, receiving signals from the Power 5. Mountain West brothers, a victim on Monday, announced deactivated two days after MAC unplug. While both reasons are cited for health and safety, the financial issue is also suffering. Seasonal testing and other medical requirements come at a premium.
Like the majority of Power 5, the Big Ten has no problems with resources. However, the conference over the weekend joined with the other Power 5 conferences on the cancellation of its season, which at some point seemed to be a foregone conclusion. Radio host Dan Patrick reported on his show on Monday morning that the Big Ten vote for postponement was 12–2 at the time, only Nebraska and Iowa disagree. But that was before many of the tournament’s coaches came out in favor of the game, backed by the top politicians.
President Donald Trump tweeted his support for the player-controlled #WeWantToPlay movement and Neb. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) Sent a letter to the Big Ten presidents asking them to rethink their position. Another Midwestern legislator, Rep. Anthony Gonzalez (R-Ohio), a former head of the State of Ohio, called the decision a “big mistake”.
“It didn’t suit me,” he told SI in an interview. “I’m very annoyed about it. It will wreak havoc on these kids. The experience was ripped apart with no voice and at the last minute I felt so wrong.
In an election year, and with conferences spread across the red and green states, politics is underway. That was a double award this year, as NCAA Leaders are fighting for Congress to create an association-friendly bill governing athlete compensation. Gonzalez is drafting a version of the House of Representatives while the Senate is working on separate laws.
The coaches showed their feelings too, even generating the hashtag #WeWantToCoach. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh, Ohio State Ryan Day and Penn State coach James Franklin joined a choir to support the hosting of a 2020 season. Nebraska coach Scott Frost even also gave the strange threat that Cornhusker could play a season without the Big Ten. “We were prepared to look for other options,” he said.
Uncertainty has caused problems for coaches across the country. As they try to organize training sessions, the players are glued to the social media accounts that are buzzing about the latest news. “How can you tell people to practice if they just read Twitter that football will be canceled?” a coach told SI. “I feel like I’m out there practicing and someone will grab me and say, ‘What are you doing ?!’ I feel like I’m doing something wrong. ”
If major conferences are scheduled to be reorganized on Tuesday, the road ahead is still unclear. The Football Supervisory Commission, one of the highest rule-making bodies in the NCAA, has not created a plan for a football-free fall. Are the teams still practicing? Can they be solved? “We need to have answers for our student-athletes if we don’t have a season,” said one administrator.
Many administrators expect the players, if they choose, to remain on the premises of their classes and participate in a reduced training plan similar to summer or spring drills. However, leaders are not prepared for such details.
A source familiar with the Supervisory Commission’s transactions said: “We are moving forward. “Maybe they planned it out? Yes, but there was no discussion of cancellation. All of this has changed course here in the last week. “