Big Ten Parents Protest at Conference Headquarters over Football PostponementAugust 21, 2020
Randy Wade, the father of Ohio State cornerback Shaun Wade, organized a protest at the Big Ten office in Rosemont, Illinois, on Friday with the hope of giving players' parents a voice in the conference's decision to postpone the fall football season.
Chris Bumbaca of USA Today reported the news, noting parents of players from Ohio State, Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin attended the protest even though Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and his staff are working remotely because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Wade flew from his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida, to the Chicago area for the protest and started a "Let us play" chant:
Dan Hope of Eleven Warriors posted an interview with Wade in which he said "I thought it was great" while thanking those who showed up even though it's a workday.
"The reason we're here is that we want to have conversations," Wade, said, per Bumbaca. "It's simple. We want to play in the fall, but regardless of the fall, we want to have conversations in the spring."
This comes after Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields posted a petition calling on the Big Ten to reinstate the season.
As of Friday, nearly 300,000 people have signed the petition.
Despite the efforts of players and parents, the Big Ten postponed all fall sports, including football, because of the pandemic. The Pac-12 did the same, although the ACC, Big 12 and SEC still plan on having the football season in the fall.
Warren, whose son will play for Mississippi State this year despite the pandemic, reaffirmed the conference's decision in an open letter published Wednesday.