UNDATED (WOOD) — The Big Ten and Pacific-12 are expected to cancel their football seasons Tuesday, sports radio host Dan Patrick says.
Quoting a source he did not name, Patrick reported Monday that “it’s done.”
Of the rest of the Power Five, Patrick said that the Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 were “on the fence.” He said the Southeastern Conference was “trying to get a delay to have teams join them,” looking at TV contracts.
The decision was not unexpected as the Mid-American Conference called its season off Saturday and the NCAA Division II and III presidents councils canceled championship last week.
But college football players still want to play despite the coronavirus pandemic, the Associated Press reports. Many have called for strict safety measures, the ability to opt out and guaranteed eligibility. There has also been talk of creating a union to negotiate with the conferences.
Michigan head football coach Jim Harbaugh said he, too, wants the season to go forward. In a statement released Monday, he said his program has protocols in place to prevent the spread of the virus and has so far seen only 11 positive tests out of 893 administered. He said none of those have been among coaches or staff and none have been tracked back to program facilities.
“It is proven that the conduct, discipline and structure within our program have led to these stellar results,” Harbaugh’s statement read in part. “We respect the challenge the virus has presented however we will not cower from it.”