The hits keep coming on a busy Thursday in collegiate sports.
Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reports that the Big 10 is expected to announce that the conference is switching to a conference-only football schedule for the 2020 season in response to growing concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference has since confirmed.
The Big Ten is expected to announce today that it will go with a conference-only football schedule for this fall, a person with direct knowledge situation tells @TheAthleticCFB.— Nicole Auerbach (@NicoleAuerbach) July 9, 2020
“We are facing uncertain and unprecedented times, and the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, game officials, and others associated with our sports programs and campuses remain our number one priority,” the Big 10 said in a release.
This has a direct impact on BC. BC football is expected to play Purdue on Sept. 26 of this season, but if the Big 10 switches to a conference-only schedule, Purdue will almost certainly cancel the contest due to the conference mandate, meaning that BC will have at least one spot in its schedule to fill.
In any event, buckle up. Between the Ivy League announcing Wednesday the cancellation of athletic competitions in the fall to the ACC and Big 10 announcing plans Thursday, things are moving fast.