Minnesota QB Tanner Morgan applauds B1G's decision to move football season to the spring
As much as everyone wants to play football this fall, it’s important to remember that not everyone associated with the B1G is angry with the conference’s decision to postpone the sport until the spring. Minnesota quarterback Tanner Morgan is one of those individuals.
Morgan spoke with the media on Monday, nearly a week after the B1G made the decision to postpone fall sports until spring. The junior quarterback who led the Gophers to an 11-2 campaign 2019 was understandably disappointed by the choice, but says he believes health and safety was made a priority.
“The B1G did what they thought was best for player health and safety,” Morgan said, according to 247Sports. “I commend them for being the conference that actually put player health and safety first.”
Last Tuesday, the B1G became the first Power 5 conference to postpone fall sports, announcing it would attempt to move those seasons to the spring. The league was preceded by the MAC and Mountain West conferences, and followed by the Pac-12.
Currently, six other conferences at the FBS level are planning to play football in the fall.
The B1G’s decision has been met with heavy resistance over the last week. Players, parents, coaches and even athletic directors have voiced some disappointment in the conference’s decision. And there’s a movement among players and parents to attempt to get the B1G to reverse course.
Justin Fields put out a petition that has received over 250,000 signatures. Parents from five different B1G programs have written letters to the B1G office.
Recently Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck said that all the players he had spoken to (so far), agreed with the league’s decision.
“That’s a very healthy question,” Fleck said, according to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg. “Every single person I’ve talked to, we’re 30 for 30, like the ESPN show, every player has said the B1G made the right decision.”
While the players and parents pushing for a season have been the loudest and received the most attention over the last six days, it’s important to remember there is another side to this debate. And in Minneapolis, it appears Morgan and his teammates are more than comfortable with the decision.