Big Ten Tries to Save Themselves With Public Statement
Big Ten is standing firm on their commentary that they will not play this season. After rumors swirled for multiple days, Kevin Warren came out and said that fall sports are not happening despite new developments. Warren dunked on all of those things murmuring across the internet. Does the internet pack up and go home? Highly unlikely. Some are still steadfast that there will be a Big Ten season, but there are one state and one person that holds all of the keys. She is powerful and maybe enough to take down a football conference.
This announcement will not stop those trying to play or trying to push forward to play. My belief is Warren needed to get out ahead of this with all of the noise around his conference. He comes from the NFL. This is exactly what Roger Goddell would do even if he was swimming in shit. Tom Mars, a Michigan lawyer, has filed FIOA (Freedom of Information Acts) for 13 of the 14 presidents asking them for a detailed explanation of why they made their decision with the Big Ten. Parents of Big Ten kids are planning a protest out of the Big Ten offices in Chicago on Friday as well.
While Warren cannot come out and say it, he needs to pull a Goodell again and leak out that Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is the root of all the issues. The rumors are hot that the Governor doesn’t want any football in the State of Michigan. She has run Michigan with tyrannical rule throughout COVID-19 without any solid results. This is not a surprise that she is pressuring the University of Michigan President not to play football. The Big Ten does not want to deal with a lawsuit on their hands from the State of Michigan. Can a compromise happen though?
Michigan borders Ohio and Indiana. In case you’re wondering, they’re both playing football. Why couldn’t the schools compromise with Whitmer’s office and play games outside the State of Michigan? If Wolverines and Spartans played road games then at a neutral site, maybe Indianapolis? Would that be enough to convince her to allow the Big Ten to proceed? I’m unsure. She seems convinced that if football happens in her state, COVID is going to spike like New York in March. I’d love to see the data that supports that since we’re trusting science these days.
If Warren is truly serious about the cancelation, he should let these players explore other options. Warren should not impose a dictator rule on these players. If they want to figure out a way to play at an SEC, Big 12, or ACC school, let them. Warren’s son is playing in the SEC, why shouldn’t these guys get the same luxury? I also find it hilariously ironic that Warren is worried about player safety when he is promoting two seasons 2021. We all know that’s not happening, but Warren is convinced that it is enough of a carrot to convince Big Ten fans.