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Report: Big Ten Conference postpones fall sports

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Big Ten Conference will cancel its 2020 athletic seasons amid growing coronavirus concerns.

“It’s done,” a Big Ten source told the Detroit Free Press.

While the announcement has not officially been made, school presidents were in agreement Sunday to end fall sports, the Free Press reported. The vote was 12-2, with Nebraska and Iowa the only schools in favor of playing this this fall.

Monday’s announcement comes two days after the Mid-American Conference became the first in the FBS to cancel its 2020 football season. Schools in that conference are aiming to have fall sports in spring 2021.

Several football players from around the Big Ten have already opted out of the 2020 slate. Among them are Michigan State linebacker Marcel Lewis and MSU offensive tackle Justin Stevens. Lewis lost a family member to COVID-19. Stevens has a respiratory condition that could make him at risk of serious illness if he’s infected with the coronavirus. Other players who’ve opted out include Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman, Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Purdue receiver Rondale Moore.

Indiana offensive lineman Brady Feeney was infected with the virus and has since developed heart issues he says are related to COVID-19.

“Covid-19 is serious,” Feeney tweeted. “I never thought that I would have serious health complications from this virus, but look at what happened.”

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