If you’ve watched the news at least over the last few weeks, the biggest story nationally and around the world is the coronavirus. The infectious disease that reportedly began in China has now spread worldwide and into the United States. It’s been a tough thing to watch and has certainly put some concern into everyone in this country.
And in an effort to assist in containing the spread of the disease, the Big Ten announced earlier this week that it’s going to be cancelling all team activities through May 4, 2020. This extends an earlier cancellation. It was a massive step for the conference to take, but one that many may appreciate down the line.
The Big Ten released the following statement:
The Big Ten Conference announced today that it will extend the previously announced suspension of all organized team activities through May 4, 2020 and will re-evaluate again at that time.
This is an additional measure to the previously announced cancellation of all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year. The Conference also has previously announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future.
The Big Ten Conference will continue to use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The main priority of the Big Ten Conference is to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.
Stay safe, everyone.