Nebraska Cornhuskers head coach Scott Frost told reporters the team would explore other options to play in 2020 if the Big Ten cancels the season.
The Detroit Free Press reported Monday that 12 of the Big Ten's 14 schools voted to cancel the season, with Nebraska and Iowa the lone dissenters, though the conference has denied that any such vote took place.
Frost also argued Nebraska would lose substantial money if the season was canceled and said he believes the players would be safer within the football program than away from it:
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence made a similar argument regarding player safety, though it's fair to question if a football program with hundreds of players, coaches and staff members—traveling around the country—would in fact remain medically responsible once the school year resumed:
Frost wasn't the only Big Ten coach to advocate for the season being held Monday:
Monday's report that the Big Ten might cancel its college football season sent shockwaves around the sport, and it remains possible that other conferences could follow suit.
Even some professional sports that have the full array of resources to ensure a safe return to play have already experienced issues. While the NBA, NHL and MLS have resumed game action with minimal to no positive cases in recent testing cycles, Major League Baseball has seen the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals experience inter-organizational outbreaks that have forced a number of game postponements.
Further, athletes in those sports who choose to play are making hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars to do so. Asking unpaid college athletes to take on any potential medical risks is far more ethically dubious.