May 6, 2020Big Ten Conference extends suspension of team activities
The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday, May 4 that it will extend the previously announced suspension of all organized team activities through June 1, 2020, and will re-evaluate again at that time.
The decision was announced via a press release on the conference’s website.
In addition to extending the suspension of organized team activities, Big Ten officials previously announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting process for the foreseeable future.
“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,” the press release read.
As a result of the suspension, fall sports athletes will not be able to return to campus for in-person meetings; they cannot work out in team weight rooms; incoming freshmen student-athletes will not be able to arrive on campus until after June 1; all on and off-campus recruiting is still not permitted.
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The Big Ten Conference consists of 14 schools: Indiana, Maryland, Michigan State University, Michigan, Ohio State University, Penn State, Rutgers, Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin.