If the Big Ten Conference cancels its football season this fall as a precaution because of the coronavirus pandemic, Nebraska apparently will explore playing outside of its league.
ESPN reported Sunday that a majority of Big Ten presidents are in favor postponing the upcoming fall sports seasons. Nebraska's president evidently was not one of them ... at least not when it comes to football.
"I know where our university president stands, and he wants to play," Nebraska head football coach Scott Frost said Monday.
Ohio State head coach Ryan Day suggested on Twitter that he wants his team to play as well, writing: "Swinging as hard as we possibly can right now for these players!! This isn't over! FIGHT"
Day added, according to ESPN, "We cannot cancel the season right now. We have to at the least postpone it and give us some time to keep reevaluating everything that is going on. ... Let's do everything we can. We owe it to these kids to exhaust every possible option and go from there."
Penn State head coach James Franklin expressed a similar sentiment, tweeting, "I love our players believe it is my responsibility to help them chase their dreams, both collectively individually. I am willing to fight WITH them for our program!"
Frost said during a video conference call with reporters, "We're a proud member of the Big Ten. We want to play a Big Ten schedule.
"I think the only reason we would look at any other options is if for some reason the Big Ten wasn't playing and only a handful of teams from the Big Ten wanted to continue playing. I think if that's the case, I think we're prepared to look at any and all options."
Nebraska is estimating that it would lose between $80 million and $120 million if there is no season, although even if the Cornhuskers do play, there is no indication how many paying fans would be admitted into stadiums, if they are allowed to attend at all.
"If we send kids home, they're going to be in closer contact with a lot of family members and other people that might be at higher risk for coronavirus than if we keep them here in an environment where they're around other healthy, young people," Frost said. "If I had a son, I would want him playing football. I think this is the safest place he could be, and a lot of schools around the conference probably feel the same way."
--Field Level Media