On the same day two top U.S. college football leagues scrapped their fall seasons, the NFL underscored its intention to proceed as planned.
We’ll get to the latter eventually. First, it’s important to address what the Big Ten conference was first to decide Tuesday afternoon, and what went into it.
The league composed of 14 leading academic and athletic universities from the American Midwest eastward to the upper Atlantic Coast officially announced that all fall sports, including football, have been scrubbed.
“SMH,” Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields tweeted shortly afterward. That’s the social-media acronym for “shaking my head.”
The Big Ten said the possibility of holding some kind of football season next spring will “continue to be evaluated,” and you can bet that league coaches and athletic directors will collectively wrack their brains to try to make that work somehow.
If not, the next time Fields and many other top Big Ten and Pac-12 juniors/seniors-to-be play football probably will be in the NFL, in fall 2021.