Since the members of the Power Five conference gathered Sunday to address mounting questions over how a college football season can be played amid a pandemic, athletes took to social media to encourage leaders to let them participate.
Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said no season decisions have been made, but the situation has not changed, he admitted.
“Were we better than two weeks ago today? “And he said. “No, we just don’t.”
Bowlsby cited “increasing facts and increasing data collection surrounding myocarditis.”
College football wants back
Myocarditis is heart inflammation which occurred in some COVID-19 cases. There’s fear that even in young, stable adults, a population that has typically spared serious cardiovascular problems, it may be a long-term risk to contract the infection.
The Big Ten’s university presidents and chancellors have organized a previously unplanned conference on Sunday night, a source with knowledge of the conference told The Associated Press. The person was speaking on condition of anonymity, as the conference did not disclose the meeting.
Another person with direct knowledge of the meeting, speaking on condition of anonymity, said no votes or decisions were on regarding the season of college football.
The final decision about how major college football should participate next season is in the hands of the leaders of the institution who control the biggest conference.
All this action comes a day after the Mid-American Conference became the first of 10 conferences. Competing at the top level of Division I college football to suspend fall sports. Due to worries over keeping players out of recruiting and transmitting COVID-19.
The decision of the MAC came less than a month before the first games were to be on. And concerns rose whether more conferences could follow.
The Big Ten has delayed the ramp up to the season on Saturday. Announcing that its players would not be able to start full contact sessions until further notice. The Big Ten season will begin the weekend of Labor Day.
Meanwhile, college football players took to social media Sunday to push. For a season with a series of tweets led by Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence.