Illinois parents join fight, write letter to B1G commissioner Kevin Warren
Parents of Illinois football players are the latest to write a letter to B1G commissioner Kevin Warren, begging for answers and transparency behind the conference’s decision to postpone fall sports in 2020.
Jeremy Werner of Illini Inquirer spoke with Doug Kramer Sr., father of Illinois center Doug Kramer, who says the parents are hoping to get some answers from the commissioner regarding the decision.
Illinois becomes the sixth school to have parents draft a letter regarding this topic. Parents from Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska and Michigan have also sent letters.
“The goal of the parents with this letter is to express our support for the kids, the athletic department, for Coach Smith, and just hopefully this leads to information being released in transparency so we can all see what the Big Ten offices and the presidents and chancellors are seeing so we can come together and come up with a solution,” Kramer Sr. said. “That’s all we want. We’re not trying to force something that puts our kids at risk.”
The B1G called off the season just six days after releasing a revised schedule for the 2020 season. Now, the conference is looking at potentially piecing together a spring season for football, as well as other fall sports.
“I just think it’s disappointing the way it came about, especially after the schedule was released and everyone gets their hopes up. And then at the final hour, it’s like it’s over,” Kramer said. “It’s just disappointing, and it makes you just kind of how that decision was made, the leadership. Basically, we just want to know how it came about.”