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BIG 10 Commissioner Kevin Warren Writes Open Letter To The Conference's Community
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Iowa football parents respond to commish's Letter...
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BIG 10 Commissioner Kevin Warren has been heavily criticized for how he’s handled the decision to cancel the fall season, providing no sincere clarity for his decision. On Wednesday night, Warren released an open letter to the conference's community making it clear that they will not be reconsidering its decision and why...
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I write on this occasion to share with you additional information regarding the Big Ten Conference’s decision to postpone the 2020-21 fall sports season. We thoroughly understand and deeply value what sports mean to our student-athletes, their families, our coaches and our fans. The vote by the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) was overwhelmingly in support of postponing fall sports and will not be revisited. The decision was thorough and deliberative, and based on sound feedback, guidance and advice from medical experts. Despite the decision to postpone fall sports, we continue our work to find a path forward that creates a healthy and safe environment for all Big Ten student-athletes to compete in the sports they love in a manner that helps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protects both student-athletes and the surrounding communities.
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Listed below are the primary factors that led to the Big Ten COP/C decision:

-Transmission rates continue to rise at an alarming rate with little indication from medical experts that our campuses, communities or country could gain control of the spread of the virus prior to the start of competition.

-As our teams were ramping up for more intense practices, many of our medical staffs did not think the interventions we had planned would be adequate to decrease the potential spread even with very regular testing.

-As the general student body comes back to campus, spread to student-athletes could reintroduce infection into our athletics community.
There is simply too much we do not know about the virus, recovery from infection, and longer-term effects. While the data on cardiomyopathy is preliminary and incomplete, the uncertain risk was unacceptable at this time.

-Concerns surrounding contact tracing still exist, including the inability to social distance in contact sports pursuant to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. While risk mitigation processes (e.g., physical distancing, face coverings, proper hygiene, etc.) can be implemented across campus for the student body population, it became clear those processes could not be fully implemented in contact sports.

-With the start of full-contact practices and competitions, it became increasingly clear that contact tracing and quarantining would risk frequent and significant disruptions to the practice and competition calendar.

-Accurate and widely available rapid testing may help mitigate those concerns, but access to accurate tests is currently limited.
Significant concerns also exist regarding the testing supply chain, generally, for many of our institutions.

-Financial considerations did not influence the COP/C decision, as the postponement will have enormous adverse financial implications. We understand the passion of the many student-athletes and their families who were disappointed by the decision, but also know there are many who have a great deal of concern and anxiety regarding the pandemic.
Here was Ohio State's response to the letter...
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BatonRougeBuckeye46 months
They will look back on this one day and realize it was the end of the Big Ten Conference.
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IslandBuckeye46 months
This was a unilateral decision. There was no vote. There are a lot of pissed of players, parents, and fans. This bitch must go.
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Vacherie Saint46 months
The ADs didn’t vote?
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ByUselves46 months
Hate to bring politics into CFB, but it looks like too many Dems got involved in that decision.
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ncinthenext346 months
That frick needs fired.
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Drizzt46 months
He left out “our medical staff and presidents are all huge liberals who catastrophize the situation and hope this will help elect Biden.” That would have at least been honest.
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IslandBuckeye46 months
They were not even involved in this. There was no vote. This was a unilateral decision from the asshat commish.
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Billy Mays46 months
The Big 10's 15 minutes are up. They don't want to play, so they honestly should just frick off and stop putting out statements. They are irrelevant util further notice.
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weptiger46 months
And they won’t be playing football in the spring in the big ten. That’s the reality they live in as three other conferences would have already played in the previous fall.
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brett40846 months
Exactly right. There is ZERO chance these pussies play in the spring. They just tell there fan base that so they don’t go nuclear.
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BatonRougeBuckeye46 months
This guy is such a fricking clown!!!
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Hangit46 months
His kid will play this year. Rules for thee, but not for me.
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Philzilla2k46 months
Yeah, this guy is full of shite, I wonder how many Miss State games he will attend this year?
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Buckeye Jeaux46 months
Emperor Kevin hath ruled on the matter.
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Placekicker46 months
Well, there you go......
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