The Big Ten and Pac-12 have announced they will not be playing football this fall due to concerns about Covid-19. The Big 10 conference, which includes the UT Longhorns, stated that it was a difficult decision but it was made in the best interest of the players.
Last week several of the Big Ten conference teams including Penn State, Ohio State, Nebraska and Michigan released a revised conference-only football schedule. Now the entire conference will sit out conference play completely this fall.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren stated “After hours of discussion with our Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee, it became abundantly clear that there was too much uncertainty regarding potential medical risks to allow our student-athletes to compete this fall.”
All fall sports in the Big Ten have been called off but the possibility of a spring season is being explored.
This decision to cancel the fall season will impact its members, such as the University of Texas, sports programs financially. The Big 10 conference distributes nearly $50 million each year from the television revenues to the members of the conference.