Kevin Warren: Big Ten vote to cancel fall football season final
After more than a week of public pressure on the Big Ten’s decision to ditch fall sports and what will follow, Kevin Warren has provided more detailed answers.
Commissioner Big Ten Wednesday night published an open letter defending what had become a questionable vote while saying pushing away football coaches, players and parents will not lead to questioning the decision.
“The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP / C) vote was overwhelmingly in favor of postponing fall sports and will not be reviewed,” Warren wrote. “The decision was thorough and deliberative, and based on sound commentary, advice and advice from medical experts.”
The big ten on August 11, announced that it was ending the fall sports season, with the option to play in the spring, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Appearing on BTN that day to explain the decision, Warren, who has been just over a year in his tenure as commissioner, called it a “holistic decision” based on health and safety concerns but declined to offer details.
Although the Big Ten were the first Power 5 conference to cancel the fall football season, the Pac-12 followed on the same day. However, the Pac-12 called it a unanimous decision and released a 12-page report outlining the specific reasons for its decision, unlike the Big Ten.
The Big Ten took heat for not having the same transparency and the decision-making process. Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said Monday it was “not clear to me if there had been a vote.” Michigan State President Samuel Stanley said on Wednesday he did not want to reveal all the details during adding “it was more a consensus than a vote”.
Although the Big Ten’s decision to quit fall sports came just six days after the revised 10-game football schedules were released, Warren has continually warned that there may not be a season. In the letter released on Wednesday, he cited the main factors behind the decision. They included cases of COVID-19 increasing at an “alarming rate” with little reason to believe they could be contained; students returning to campuses; not knowing the long-term effects of the virus, including possible heart problems; and contact tracing.
“Despite the decision to postpone fall sports, we continue to work to find a way forward that creates a healthy and safe environment for all Big Ten student-athletes to compete in the sports they love to do. a way that helps prevent the spread of COVID. -19 and protects both student-athletes and surrounding communities, ”Warren wrote.
Warren said the Big Ten had formed a return to competition task force made up of presidents, chancellors, athletic medics and academic medical staff, athletic directors, head coaches, sports representatives from the faculty and senior administrators to plan for the return of fall sports.
“In evaluating the winter / spring models, we will explore many factors, including the number of soccer games that can reasonably be played from a health standpoint in a full calendar year while maintaining a competitive experience of first-rate for our student-athletes culminating in a Big Ten Championship. “Warren wrote.” The Big Ten Conference will continue to gather feedback from student-athletes, families and other constituents and remain in active discussions with its television partners regarding any future plans. “