Nebraska continues to contemplate going rogue in light of the Big Ten’s decision to punt college football season until the spring.
Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost repeated his opinion that college football should be played in 2020, counter to the conference announcement that it would not play the season in the fall as scheduled.
“We will continue to consult with medical experts and evaluate the situation as it emerges,” Frost, Nebraska president Ted Carter and chancellor Ronnie Green said in a joint statement Tuesday. “We hope it may be possible for our student athletes to have the opportunity to compete.”
Options could include participating with other conferences that have yet to postpone, including the Big 12, where Nebraska was once a member.
“We want to play a Big Ten schedule. I think the only reason we would look at any other options is if for some reason the Big Ten wasn’t playing and only a handful of teams from the Big Ten wanted to continue playing,” Frost said Monday. “I think if that’s the case, I think we’re prepared to look at any and all options.”
Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said on Tuesday after the announcement the league had postponed fall sports that he hopes all 14 member institutions would stick together. Dan Patrick reported on his radio show Monday that Nebraska and Iowa were dissenting in a 12-2 vote on delaying the 2020 season.
Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh was against the Big Ten’s decision to delay the season until the spring. Harbaugh said in a statement on Tuesday that the Wolverines still want to compete.
“Our student-athletes and coaches want to compete,” Harbaugh said. “They have committed, trained and prepared their entire lives for this opportunity, and I know how much they’re disappointed at this time. I share in their disappointment today.
“We have shown over the weeks since returning to campus that we could meet the challenge and provide our student-athletes the opportunity of a fall football season. Our football team, our coaching staff, our support staff in Schembechler Hall have all stepped up, followed every rule, and done everything in their power magnificently to give all the opportunity to compete. I am extremely proud, thankful and appreciative of our team and how they have conducted and represented our program and university.”
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day said Monday he planned to “continue to fight” for his players.
–Field Level Media