Justin Fields starts petition urging Big Ten to play football

Shane Lyons

As reports swirled early last week that the Big Ten would in fact postpone fall sports, the head coach stated that he understood why the conference felt there was too much uncertainly to play. Meanwhile, four Bowl Subdivision conferences and all of the Championship Subdivision have said they won't play in the fall and instead try to have a spring football season.

Whereas the MI parents referred to Schlissel in their letter as "voting against playing", Barbour said, "It's unclear to me whether there was ever a vote or not". It was challenging to keep getting up in front of my team and not having answers to their questions.

Stanley, addressing the media on Wednesday afternoon, stressed that the conference's presidents were united in the decision but called it "more of a consensus than a vote". That doesn't mean any decisions have been made, either.

Franklin is among several Big Ten coaches who have voiced frustration about a potential lack of detail around the postponement.

Any chance the Big Ten relents with parent letters, petitions, etc., or has that ship sailed?

Randy Wade, the father of Ohio State defensive back Shaun Wade, is organizing a peaceful gathering of Big Ten parents Friday morning at league headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois.

Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour said Monday a delay likely wouldn't have changed the Big Ten's decision to postpone all fall sports. Several reports from last week state that Big Ten presidents voted on the proposal on August 11, the same day of the conference's announcement.

"I'm not comfortable talking fully about the work we did in our conference together", Stanley said.

"We also believe the Big Ten and University Presidents failed to exercise due diligence by not acquiring the input of the very student athletes their decisions would impact", the MI parents said.

Penn State's letter was sent out over the weekend and signed by 82 parents. Penn State's last round of COVID-19 testing, which included players, coaches and staff, revealed zero positive results.

"There's not a lot published on that, but there were preliminary things that have been talked about that may be of concern", Stanley said.

"While I appreciate the complexities and difficulties of this decision for the leaders of our conference, I am extremely frustrated because we still have very few answers to communicate to our young men and their families", Franklin added.

The SEC and ACC held firm on playing, but that was only if the Big-12 chose to trudge on and play.

"I want to show everybody that I'm the best quarterback in the nation", Fields said after discussing team goals.

Joining the ACC, Bit-12 and SEC in playing this season are conferences from the group of five that have not postponed the 2020 season.

- What will happen with the eligibility of fall sport athletes heading into an uncertain season already impacted by the pandemic?

She thinks it's time to look forward.