Report: Only three B1G presidents pushed for fall football start date
A recent report from the Omaha World-Herald indicates that only three presidents from B1G universities were in favor of moving forward with the conference’s revised, conference-only schedule with a start date of Sept. 5. That would indicate that, if a vote actually occurred, it was 11-3 in favor of postponing the season.
Sam McKewon of the Omaha World-Herald reported the news on Friday, providing a little better look at how things went down when B1G presidents were discussing playing fall sports. On Aug. 11, the B1G became the first Power 5 conference to postpone until the spring.
Presidents from Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio State were the three pushing the hardest to play football in the fall. Delaying the start of the season until later in September was thought to be the next-best option by those three, rather than postponing until spring.
The B1G still has not revealed the official tally of the vote that took place — although some administrators claim that an actual vote may not have occurred among the decision-makers.
Fittingly, Nebraska and Ohio State were the schools most vocal about trying to find a way to play football during the fall season. However, due to contractual obligations, those notions were shut down pretty quickly.
Currently, the AAC, ACC, Big 12, C-USA, SEC and Sun Belt are still moving forward with a fall football season.