Power 5 Leaders Hold Emergency Meeting To Discuss CFB Season

During what has been described as an emergency meeting on Sunday afternoon, commissioners from all Power 5 conferences met virtually to discuss the upcoming fall sports seasons, including football, and the possibility of cancellation or postponement across the board.

According to reports from ESPN, “a vast majority” of Big 10 commissioners are in favor of the postponement of the 2020 college football season, with the possibility of the spring being an option. The meeting included all Power 5 conferences as the Big 10 were reportedly trying to measure the extent that other conferences were also considering postponement or cancellation. 

“Nobody wanted to be the first to do it, and now nobody wants to be the last,” an anonymous Power 5 coach told ESPN.

No official vote was taken during the meeting amongst commissioners on Sunday, but expectations are that an official statement is likely coming towards the beginning of the work week. In the wake of the meeting, along with multiple sources indicating to ESPN that “the postponement or cancellation of the football season seems inevitable,” college football players took to social media to voice their opinions. 

As of Aug. 8, 45 Division I football players have opted out of the college football season, primarily citing health concerns for themselves or their families as the most common reason, according to Peter Burns of ESPN.

However, some players such as Heisman trophy candidate Trevor Lawrence, along with Tennessee defensive back Bryce Thompson, have announced their willingness to play through social media.

With no official decision or statement coming out of the commissioner’s meeting on Sunday, college football fans will be stuck in limbo for at least another night.