B1G releases statement on vote to postpone season
It took the B1G a few weeks and a lawsuit from eight Nebraska football players to release some information on its decision to postpone fall sports in 2020, but more and more is beginning to come out.
On Monday, the B1G finally revealed the vote tally that occurred among the conference’s presidents and chancellors. We learned from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg that the vote was 11-3 in favor of postponing, with the three schools still pushing for a fall schedule were Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State.
Along with releasing information on the vote, the conference released a statement on Monday.
“The Big Ten Conference today filed a response in opposition to the motion for expedited discovery filed by eight University of Nebraska football players rejecting each of three assertions,” the statement said.
“The response demonstrates that the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C): 1) voted to postpone the fall sports season; 2) reached an 11-3 decision which far exceeds the 60% threshold required by the Big Ten’s By-Laws; and 3) based its decision on multiple factors including the medical advice and counsel of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.
“The facts are clear that there was indeed a vote that far exceeded the 60% threshold, and the decision by the COP/C was based on the input of several medical and infectious disease experts in the best interest of the health and wellness of student-athletes and the surrounding communities among the 14 member institutions. The Big Ten asks that the motion be denied.
“The Big Ten Conference continues to share the disappointment that student-athletes and families are feeling. The Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force will continue to be transparent as it actively considers options to get back to competition when it is safe to play.”
On Friday, eight Nebraska football players filed a lawsuit over the B1G’s decision.
Per the Omaha World-Herald those student-athletes have families who are “core” members of the Nebraska football parents group. The parent group has sought for answers and explanations from the B1G and commissioner Kevin Warren, but have received next to nothing.
The complaint raises three issues with the B1G:
- Wrongful interference with business expectations
- Breach of contract
- Declaratory judgment
“Our clients want to know whether there was a vote and the details of any vote, and whether the B1G followed its own rules in reaching its decision,” attorney Mike Flood said in a statement. “Sadly, these student-athletes have no other recourse than filing a lawsuit against their conference.”
Warren said that there is no plan to revisit the decision.