Report: B1G administrator says league is 'seriously divided'
The B1G is a mess right now. There’s really no other way to put it.
On Tuesday, the B1G became the first Power 5 conference to call off athletics for the fall, including football. It was a decision that was said to be rooted by medical expertise, though commissioner Kevin Warren and the conference’s presidents failed to provide specifics on the league’s choice.
In the days since the league made a decision, we’ve seen the following:
- Student-athletes speak out against the decision
- Nebraska and Ohio State look at alternate options to play, though they eventually complied with the B1G’s decision
- Parents from Iowa, Ohio State, Nebraska and Penn State write letters to the B1G office
- Justin Fields start a petition calling for the B1G to reverse its decision
All of this is playing out on social media for the world to see. And ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg reports that one administrator within the B1G admits that the conference is in a big mess right now.
— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) August 16, 2020
“Our league is seriously divided and all of it is playing out publicly,” Rittenberg reported on Sunday.
The B1G may have ultimately made the right decision by postponing the college football season until spring. In the coming days and weeks, the other conferences may make that move as well (the ACC, Big 12 and SEC are still pushing forward).
Even so, how the B1G has handled this situation has been incredibly poor. And that’s putting it nicely.