COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Ohio State football parents sent a letter to the Big Ten Saturday, making a case for a fall season.
Ohio State University Head Coach Ryan Day said this week he is supporting his players.
And on Sunday, one OSU player is trying to take matters into his own hands.
Many wondered what OSU quarterback Justin Fields is going to do: will he play this spring or just start preparing for the NFL. He’s already projected to go as high as number two in next year’s NFL Draft.
Fields is now showing he’s not giving up on taking a stand for the fall season.
Fields started a #WeWantToPlay online petition calling for the Big Ten to reinstate fall football.
He posted the petition to moveon.org a little after 11 a.m. Sunday, and as of 11 p.m. Sunday, has surpassed 200,000 signatures in 12 hours.
The petition is addressed to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren and conference presidents and athletic directors.
In the petition, Fields writes:
“We, the football players of the Big Ten, together with the fans and supporters of college football, request that the Big Ten Conference immediately reinstate the 2020 football season. Allow Big Ten players/teams to make their own choice as to whether they wish to play or opt out this fall season. Allow Big Ten players/teams who choose to opt out of playing a fall season to do so without penalty or repercussion.”Justin Fields
Last Monday, the Big Ten announced it was postponing the fall sports season until the spring.
The NCAA’s chief medical officer says there is a narrow path to playing college sports during the coronavirus pandemic and if testing nationwide does not improve, it cannot be done.
Dr. Brian Hainline told CNN late Saturday that “everything would have to line up perfectly” for college sports to be played this fall. Much of the fall college sports season has been canceled, with conferences hoping to make up competitions, including football, in the spring.
Player parent groups from Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska have sent letters to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren asking for the conference to reverse course and seeking more transparency into the decision.
The letters also call for players to be allowed to sign liability waivers with their schools in order have a season. It was just two weeks ago Pac-12 players with the We Are United movement called for its conference to ban such waivers. Big Ten United, another group of players pushing for more oversight and uniformity in COVID-19 protocols, also demanded liability waivers be banned.
The NCAA did just that a few days later, saying member schools could not require athletes to sign a liability waiver related to COVID-19 to participate.