(WQOW) - The Big Ten will not have a football season this fall and will instead try and make a go of it in the spring. All other fall sports have also been postponed.
According to a press release from the Big Ten, the decision was made based on medical advice
“Our primary responsibility is to make the best possible decisions in the interest of our students, faculty and staff,” said Morton Schapiro, chair of the Big Ten Council of presidents/chancellors and Northwestern University president.
“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 news comes a day after conflicting information about whether the conference had decided to cancel or postpone the fall sports season.
The announcement impacts men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.
University of Wisconsin Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez said teams will be allowed to maintain contact with coaches. He also said there will be layoffs with the school facing revenue shortfalls.