College Football: Big Ten, Pac-12 Cancel Fall Sports — Will Other Conferences Follow?

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Although it was somewhat expected, it didn’t make the news any easier.

On Tuesday afternoon, both the Big Ten and the Pac-12 Conferences announced that they would cancel fall sports this year and would attempt to play college football in the spring.

In the end, it was athletic directors, coaches and players vs. presidents, trustees and lawyers in what many called the most intriguing battle in NCAA history.

Players from across the country came together and formed the #WeWantToPlay movement as high-profile players urged conference presidents not to cancel college football this fall.

Ultimately, though, the conferences held firm to their decisions in what has been expected for several days. The Big Ten presidents voted, 12-2, to postpone or outright cancel the season. School presidents at Nebraska and Iowa were the only ones willing to go ahead and play.

So what happens now?

These announcements now make four conferences that have canceled the fall sports season as the Big Ten and Pac-12 joined the Mountain West Conference, as well as the Mid-American Conference. Out of a total 130 FBS programs, 53 of those teams have opted not to play as part of those conferences.

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The impact of these announcements will be felt across the sports landscape as other conferences (SEC, ACC, Big 12) are still in the process of deciding what they want to do. The SEC, ACC and Big 12 have hinted about still playing, but it remains to be seen if they will actually do that with so many other conferences sitting out.

Other questions include teams like Nebraska and Iowa, which wanted to play this year, if they would be eligible to go rogue and join a conference to play this fall. What does this mean for the NFL draft?

One source told Sports Illustrated that the ACC and Big 12 presidents have reached out to one another with one official from the Big 12 saying, “We’re sitting on the fence watching the circus.”

There are so many questions right now and we’ll just have to wait and see where the dominos fall over the comign days as mroe conferences decide on which route they will take.

One thing we do know, is that 2020 has been another unprecedented day in college sports history.

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