Nebraska governor says B1G made a mistake in handling of fall sports
Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts believes the B1G jumped the gun on postponing the fall sports seasons in 2020.
According to Martha Stoddard of the Omaha World-Herald, Ricketts said that the “B1G made a mistake in how they handled fall sports.” He also argued that playing football games this fall would have been a manageable situation, despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The B1G is one of four conferences to postpone fall sports in 2020, along with the Pac-12, MAC and Mountain West. Six other FBS conferences are moving forward with a schedule this fall — for now.
.@GovRicketts says the Big 10 made a mistake in how they handled fall sports, argues that football games would have been manageable.
— Martha Stoddard (@stoddardOWH) August 31, 2020
Nebraska was one of three schools that pushed the hardest to play football in the fall in the B1G. According to the Omaha World-Herald, the other two schools were Iowa and Ohio State.
After the B1G made its decision in mid-August, Nebraska said it would continue to look for opportunities for competitions this fall. However, the conference made it clear that the Huskers would not be permitted to compete and still retain its conference membership.
Nebraska is also one of the states in which high school football is still being played in the fall.