The Big 10 Conference announced today that they are postponing all fall sports for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes both football and volleyball.
“The fall sports included in this announcement are men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, football, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball. The Big Ten Conference will continue to evaluate a number of options regarding these sports, including the possibility of competition in the spring. Decisions regarding winter and spring sports will also continue to be evaluated.”
This isn’t an outright cancellation of the season. If conditions improve, the Big 10 hopes to move fall sports to Spring, 2021.
In Scott Frost’s press conference on August 10, 2020, he alluded to finding a way to play some games if the Big 10 chose to cancel play. We assume this is off the table since they will be attempting to play in the Spring.
After the Big 10 announcement, Nebraska football coach Scott Frost, university president Ted Carter and chancellor Ronnie Green released a joint statement Tuesday afternoon saying they hope to still possibly compete this fall.
“We will continue to consult with medical experts and evaluate the situation as it emerges,” the statement read. “We hope it may be possible for our student athletes to have the opportunity to compete.”
“Safety comes first. Based on the conversations with our medical experts, we continue to strongly believe the absolute safest place for our student athletes is within the rigorous safety protocols, testing procedures, and the structure and support provided by Husker Athletics.”