(HOI) -- The biggest domino to fall so far in 2020, the Big Ten Conference announced Tuesday afternoon the postponement of the 2020-21 fall sports season, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Big Ten says the conference relied on the medical advice of the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee.
"The mental and physical health and welfare of our student-athletes has been at the center of every decision we have made regarding the ability to proceed forward," said Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren.
The decision includes all regular-season contests and Big Ten Championships and Tournaments.
"As time progressed and 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," continued Warren.
The fall sports impacted include football, field hockey, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's soccer, and women's volleyball. The conference says they will evaluate the possibility of having competition in the spring.
"We know how significant the student-athlete experience can be in shaping the future of the talented young women and men who compete in the Big Ten Conference. Although that knowledge made this a painstaking decision, it did not make it difficult. While I know our decision today will be disappointing in many ways for our thousands of student-athletes and their families, I am heartened and inspired by their resilience, their insightful and discerning thoughts, and their participation through our conversations to this point. Everyone associated with the Big Ten Conference and its member institutions is committed to getting everyone back to competition as soon as it is safe to do so," explained Warren.
The PAC-12 has joined the Big Ten in determining to not play football this fall, even postponing all athletic events until 2021.
However the Big 12 has decided to continue moving forward with their 2020 fall schedule. They join the SEC and ACC as the "Power 5" conferences still playing football this fall.
Several Big Ten schools, including Nebraska and Ohio State, have talked about exploring other options to play this fall. Voicing their displeasure about the Big Ten's decision to not play their 2020 schedule.