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Big Ten Punts on Fall Football, Huskers “Ready to Play”

The Big Ten has scrapped plans for its schools to play football this fall because of concerns about COVID-19.  Nebraska does not seem ready yet to accept that decision. 

The Big Ten announced the postponement of all fall sports yesterday, with the hopes of making them up in the spring.  Shortly afterwards, the Pac 12 pushed everything back, including winter sports, until at least January 1st. 

The Big Ten’s announcement was also followed by a joint statement from UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green, President Ted Carter, Athletic Director Bill Moos and football coach Scott Frost.  It read: “We are very disappointed in the decision by the Big Ten Conference to postpone the fall football season, as we have been and continue to be ready to play.” 

That echoed Monday’s statement by Frost that if the Big Ten punted on football in the fall, Nebraska was “prepared to look for other options.” 

Later, Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren told Yahoo! Sports the Huskers cannot play football games this fall and “be a member of the Big Ten Conference.” 

Judging by reports of the reaction among other athletic directors, NU is apparently the only school in the conference not resigned to playing football in the spring.  

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