Players, fans, and media members all took to Twitter Tuesday after the Big Ten became the first Power Five conference to cancel its football season.
The Big Ten became the first of the Power Five conferences to cancel its football season due to coronavirus conferences, likely triggering a chain reaction that could see a fall without college football.
Players, fans, and media members all reacted to the news on Twitter, with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren defending the decision to cancel the fall season and try to play in the spring.
Former NFL offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz, meanwhile, decried the conference’s perceived lack of leadership and preparedness after Yahoo reporter Pete Thamel reported that the conference first floated the idea of not having a fall season on Monday.
However, as Michelle Steele of ESPN points out, the decision could not have been an easy one for conference leadership.
Ohio State assistant athletic director Mark Pantoni did not seem thrilled with the news, though, calling the decision “embarrassing.”
Meanwhile, some used the opportunity to point out the larger historical failings of college football in protecting players.
Nebraska, one of the two Big Ten programs hoping to continue with a fall season, released the following statement.
Others like Nancy Armour of USA Today Sports, however, urged fans not to blame the Big Ten, but to look at the country’s larger failings in containing the coronavirus.
Despite the reactions from all sides, Big Ten fans are certainly upset that they will miss out on a full season of college football. As Ari Wasserman of The Athletic and other Twitter users pointed out, this is likely the end of the line for one of the conference’s brightest stars.
Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields sums up the feelings of players, coaches and fans with three simple letters.
The future of the college football season is unclear following the fall of the first Power Five domino, but the coming days should shed some light on the prospects of an NCAA fall season.