• phil cantor/@osgphil

No, the Big 10 isn't coming back to football any time soon




Can we please take a breath and stop now? Twitter? I'm talking to you. Or at least a handful of so-called personalities on there who seem to think they can change College Football on a dime.


If only it were that easy.


Yeah, I know. I'm not defending the Big 10's decision to delay their season. Nor the completely ignored Pac 12. Both had their reasons based on advice by medical advisors they paid a lot of money to.


And despite Kevin Warren and the Big 10 completely bungling the p.r. involved in their decision, we really are past the point of no return.


The Pac 12, well, agree or disagree, they've made their bed and we've not heard much griping from anyone about what they did. The conference has been lagging behind their power five peers for the past few years and this may accelerate the parting of their ways.


What do I mean by that? Simply put I guess it's the split between the power five and the rest of College Football. Yes, I know, that technically hasn't happened yet, but its coming. Soon.


When it does, the only question is which side of the split the Pac 12 will be on.


Oh, did I mention all the talk about trying to get minds changed about 2020, yeah, that's largely political and the folks out west don't rank really high on that plain either. At least not for this version of our discussion.


But...using that as our bar or crux of the argument, the Big 10 is everything the Pac 12 isn't. Rich, influential, seemingly waffling about what their true intent is. Which is why the debate about them resuming 2020 is the one being talked about the loudest. It's not going to change anything, but the discussion is absurdly loud.


It hit a crescendo this week when Big 10 commissioner Kevin Warren and the current sitting president spoke on the phone. The reason: Politics. For reasons only people trying hard to make every decision in life politically motivated, the guy in charge of the land tried to convince the guy in charge fo the conference it would be best to immediately reverse course.


I'm not going to go into a long diatribe here about politics, as much as I hate everything about them from all sides. In this case, it's quite clear one person was attempting to use the other in order to score political points. Despite all of this, suffice to say, politics can't change or bend time. Time is not on the Big 10's side anymore.



Just for the sake of this discussion, I'm not going to get into the lawsuit filed against the league about the decision to postpone the 2020 season until the spring of 2021. After finding out on the record, for real, the league really voted 11-3 to not play in 2020, I believe it makes the lawsuit largely irrelevant.


No matter the alleged intervention of notorious Twitter troll/spewer of hate Clay Travis or, well, anyone else who believes the Big 10 should kickoff with everyone else in September of 2020, the conference can't start with everyone else.


Why? Duh, we've started September.


Even, for the sake of argument, if the league decided to not wait for 2021, there would be a period of time before they could start playing.


Schedules have been made, TV has committed the time slots to everyone who's decided to play in the fall. The conference has no schedule in place. All of these things take time to plan and put together. Time is up.


Yes, there are reports the league is considering a variety of options including starting sometime after Thanksgiving or shortly after the first of the year. Maybe they figure out a way to do that, maybe they don't. At this point it really doesn't matter.


The decision to hold off playing with everyone else in 2020 is going to be expensive. Really, really expensive. Like 8 figures expensive. There will be no TV money for the Big 10 or the Pac 12 this fall, no ticket revenue, very little marketing money and scant amounts of attention.


There will be no College Football Playoff/championship, no competing for titles. None. Which is unfortunate. I really do feel for the players, coaches and athletic department workers who are directly impacted by all of this. 2020 is a lost cause for them all.


On the odd chance the Big 10 or Pac 12 change their minds or play this spring, it won't be the same. The season is a total loss. There is NO going back.


I'm not criticizing the decision to not play due to COVID-19. Ultimately it is their choice. There's an old saying that "That's my story, I'm sticking to it". Not playing football in 2020, is the story that's already been decide it. Now's the time where both conferences have to live with the repercussions from said decision.


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