Nebraska 'Fully Committed' to the Big Ten After 2020 CFB Season Postponed

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistAugust 13, 2020

General view of Memorial Stadium during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Nebraska and South Alabama, in Lincoln, Neb., Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
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Despite exploring the possibility of playing football outside of the Big Ten this fall, the University of Nebraska reaffirmed its commitment to the conference.

Nebraska chancellor Ronnie D. Green and president Ted Carter issued a statement saying the school remains "fully committed" to the Big Ten:

The Big Ten announced Tuesday it was postponing all fall sports because of safety concerns amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Pac-12 also announced the postponement of its fall sports schedule.

As part of the announcement, the Big Ten noted it was evaluating "a number of options" that included potentially rescheduling fall sports in the spring.

In a joint statement from Green, Carter and football coach Scott Frost after the conference's decision, Nebraska hoped to play games in the fall:

"Safety comes first. Based on the conversations with our medical experts, we continue to strongly believe the absolute safest place for our student-athletes is within the rigorous safety protocols, testing procedures, and the structure and support provided by Husker Athletics.
"We will continue to consult with medical experts and evaluate the situation as it emerges. We hope it may be possible for our student-athletes to have the opportunity to compete."

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren told Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel the Cornhuskers wouldn't be allowed to play football "and be a member of the Big Ten Conference."

Prior to the postponement of fall sports, the Big Ten released a revised football schedule that featured only conference games starting Sept. 3 and running through Nov. 21.

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