PSU Suspends College Football Season After Growing Concerns of Coronavirus

PSU Suspends College Football Season After Growing Concerns of Coronavirus

(CNN)- What was once an unthinkable option has now become a reality for Penn State Football Fans.

On early Wednesday morning PSU athletic director, Sandy Barbour, made the final decision that there would not be a 2020-2021 football season.

Faced with concerns and uncertainties over COVID-19 (coronavirus) and the impact on its games, its business and its extended family of players, coaches and fans, PSU (Pennsylvania State University) announced the cancelation of the upcoming football season.

Late Tuesday night, athletic directors from Big Ten schools had met via teleconference to discuss the virus, the safety of those involved and proposed scenarios for dealing with the health threat, from staging regular season games without spectators in the arenas to the cancelation of seasons.

 Penn State is the first school to cancel their football season with Ohio State University and University of Michigan soon believed to follow.

“It’s really not about basketball or money, it's about keeping our players and fans safe” said Sandy Barbour, Penn State athletic director.

The Big Ten, meanwhile, announced Friday that "all organized team activities have been suspended until May 4, 2020." 

Other schools have already begun to cancel spring practices and games, as well as classes themselves, and the odds are high that these will not be the final games canceled in the coming days. 

The coronavirus outbreak has brought a halt to just about every sporting league across the country. Collegiate athletics have not been spared as the NCAA announced recently its decision to cancel all winter and spring championships in 2020, including the men's and women's basketball tournaments.

In addition to that, some conferences jumped in and prevented any teams from holding practices of any kind for the time being. The ACC and SEC on Tuesday canceled "all athletic related activities including all competition and practice through the end of the 2019-20 academic year," which includes spring practices and games.

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