Is college football canceled for 2020? Latest updates, news on Big Ten, SEC & other Power 5 conference decisions

The decision whether to play FBS college football in 2020 is close to a tipping point.  

It’s a decision influenced by the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States, but there are other factors at work. College football players are inching toward a player’s union. The Power 5 commissioners have not delivered a unified message. The next week will influence whether FBS college football will happen.  

Sporting News will update those developments here as they happen.  

We Want To Play movement  

(Aug. 9): While several college stars have opted out for the 2020 season, others have sparked a movement to save the 2020 season. That includes Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Alabama running back Najee Harris. The players said one of the goals is to “utlimately create a college football players association.”  

Big Ten presidents meet

(Aug. 9): The Big Ten is rumored to be the next conference to call off the fall sports season. New Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren reportedly favors a spring season , and the presidents of the 14 schools meet on Aug. 9. No decision has been made, but Yahoo Sports Pete Thamel reports the league is on the cusp of canceling the season.  

MAC cancels football

(Aug. 8): The Mid-American Conference became the first FBS conference to postpone the fall college football season. The decision was influenced by Northern Illinois president Lisa Freeman, a former research scientist. The MAC took a financial hit after losing 11 nonconference games with the Big Ten. The MAC has 12 football programs, and the conference is exploring spring football.  

UConn cancels season  

(Aug. 5): UConn becomes the first of the 130 FBS programs to cancel its season. The administration cited COVID-19 concerns. The Huskies moved to independent status in 2020-21 after leaving the American Athletic Conference.  

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