Illinois is the only school in the B1G doing anything close to what's necessary to hold classes (The university represents 1-2% of the daily tests in the United States) in a pandemic and their leadership isn't interested.
They, rightly, are focusing on the health and safety of the students.
Illinois is one of the most prestigious and scientifically literate universities in the country. They're likely driving the decision not to play. Our President got a vote and he voted "no". It's clear Whitman and Smith respect that.
We voted to cancel. We're not going anywhere.
CTE doesn't spread between players and immediately make them sick.
Sorry, I get your point and it's not a horrible one, but let's not pretend COVID-19 myocarditis is anything like CTE. Also, it's not that uncommon.
Yeah probably. There may well be a vaccine, but it's probably not going to be widely available in January or February, and if college football players get priority over the rest of society, we have a problem. I could see nurses, doctors, and the elderly getting the vaccine early. We shall see.
Illinois has no interest in joining the Big 12. There isn't very good evidence any of the big ten teams want to leave.
The season will likely be dependent on whether or not the SEC decides it's had a change of heart and now values player safety. At this point, I'm betting no conferences play.
The universities have a lot of ground to stand on here, though. It's arguable they can do the right thing for the wrong reasons. No one can blame them for not wanting to expose their players to COVID-19.
Although, then again, it's arguable that all player safety efforts are about money in sports.
The loss of money is happening regardless.
Heart inflammation is a major side effect of COVID19 among healthy people. Linemen are likely high risk. The schools do not want to pay for players' chronic injuries.
If the B1G schools can't survive one cancellation, the whole college football system...
Yeah, but if baseball has taught us anything, if one player gets it from outside the locker room, 12 of them will get it from him in the locker room.
Schools clearly have their legal experts saying "This is not okay, we can't do this".