B1G Fall Sports & Football Saga

After Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren published an open letter saying that the conference would not be revisiting its decision to cancel fall sports, Ohio State athletics director Gene Smith released a statement to the media that seems to indicated that Ohio State isn’t happy with Warren’s leadership. This combined with Penn State’s athletic director Sandy Barbour saying she was unsure if the Big Ten presidents ever actually voted. Parent and player concerns about transparency in the B1G’s decision making process. It’s a mess.

This is the key paragraph from Ohio State president Kristina Johnson in her response to Kevin Warren’s open letter.

While a decision has been made by the presidents of the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall season, we view this as a temporary delay, and [Ohio State president-elect Kristina] Johnson has directed us to prepare for the possibility of bringing at least some of our fall sports back to practice and competition by the end of the year. We are actively planning for the winter and spring seasons for all sports, including the return of football.

Sounds like Ohio State has very different ideas than the B1G commissioner. “
There are reports that suggested that Smith was trying to rally Michigan, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska for a six-team football season before the reporter updated that Michigan’s governor Gretchen Whitmer was blocking it. Ohio State president-elect Kristina Johnson was reportedly not in favor of voting to cancel the season yet.


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