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Big Ten reportedly votes to cancel 2020 football season due to coronavirus pandemic



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The Big Ten Conference voted to cancel the college football season Monday by a vote of 12-2, according to a report from the Detroit Free Press. Nebraska and Iowa were the only schools to vote in favor of playing football, according to the report. IDS file photo and Matt Begala

The Big Ten voted to cancel the 2020 football season as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic according to a report from the Detroit Free Press.

The reports states that the Big Ten presidents voted 12-2 to cancel the season. Nebraska and Iowa reportedly were the two schools that voted in favor of playing.

A formal announcement is expected from the Big Ten on Tuesday. The Detroit Free Press' report does not make clear if the announcement is limited to football or will include all fall sports.

The story broke only minutes after IU football head coach Tom Allen finished a press conference. IU athletics could not comment on the report upon request from the Indiana Daily Student.

This decision had been speculated over the weekend as multiple reports circulated that Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren preferred to play a spring football season.

Multiple reports said the Big Ten had been trending toward making this decision since the revised schedule came out last week. The Big Ten is the first Power 5 conference to make this decision.

The report also comes the morning after many college football players — including stars like Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Clemson University quarterback Trevor Lawrence — called for the creation of a players union and the use of the #WeWantToPlay hashtag in support of playing football this season.

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