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Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields throws a pass against Miami (Ohio) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

By Dr. Fred J. Cromartie, Ed.D. |

The Coronavirus continues to impact sports and collegiate sports are being hit hard right now. Word has just dropped that the Big 10 and Pac-12 conferences through leadership have voted to cancel fall sports for the 2020 season. Both conferences are looking at the option of playing in the spring of 2021.

It’s not just fall football that is canceled, all fall sports are canceled for both respective athletic conferences. The decision for both athletic conferences was made in part due to the continued uncertainty of COVID 19.  We are not seeing a nationwide decline in cases, we are seeing continued cases and increases in cases in many states. The information that was needed to fully engage in fall sport participation is still very much lacking and there are issues related to COVID 19 for athletes that are still very much unknown and unaddressed.

I’m hearing from sports radio that plenty of sports fans for both conferences and nationwide are disappointed; I understand the disappointment of not having fall sports.  The following from ESPN speaks to the decisions by both the Big 10 and Pac-12.

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/29640222/sources-big-ten-pulls-plug-fall-football-season

https://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/29640603/sources-pac-12-calls-fall-sports-eyes-spring

Dr. Fred Cromartie is the Director of Doctoral Studies at the United States Sports Academy.

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