The Big Ten looks set to cancel the fall season while USC football awaits a Pac-12 decision.
Strap in USC football fans because it’s going to be a bumpy week.
Monday morning appeared to confirm the worst fears of college football fans across the country:
The Big Ten will not play fall sports, including football. And the Pac-12 is rumored to join them.
UPDATE 8/11: According to multiple reports from Pete Thamel, Bruce Feldman, Dan Wetzel, Nicole Auerbach and more, the Big Ten is set to officially announce the cancelation of the 2020 season on Tuesday.
USC football looks unlikely to play games in 2020.
The Detroit Free Press first reported what ESPN and others had been hinting towards throughout the weekend.
“The Big Ten has voted to cancel the 2020 college football season in a historic move that stems from concerns related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic,” reporters for the paper wrote.
There is no word on the possibility of a spring season or where the Big Ten will go from here, but signs from the Pac-12 perspective aren’t good.
Dan Patrick reported that the Pac-12 will follow suit with official announcements from the Big Ten and the Pac-12 coming on Tuesday.
“The ACC and Big-12 are on the fence,” Patrick said on his radio show.
He added that the SEC is trying to get a delay in a bid to bring in other conferences along for a season without the two who canceled.
If the Pac-12 goes through with ending their bid for a fall season, USC will go without playing football for the first time since making the switch from rugby in 1914. That’s an uninterrupted run which included seasons impacted by the Spanish Flu epidemic and World War II.
With any luck, the Trojans will be able to suit up for a spring season, though that will bring plenty of complications with it as well.
News on the state of the 2020 college football season will undoubtedly continue to break as the week progresses. For now, USC football players, coaches, fans and the broader college football world will have to wait to find out just where this all leads.