The news that we have feared since March is now official - there will be no Penn State Football in 2020.
The report from the Detroit Free Press comes after months of speculation and attempts to make a college football season work during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, no solution was found to play games safely, a nearly impossible task considering how difficult it is to stop the spread of a virus on a college campus with thousands of people traveling from all all over the world.
The MAC was the first domino to fall as they announced the cancellation of its football season on Saturday. While the Big Ten is the first of the Power Five conferences to act, the Pac-12 is expected to follow in short order, with the ACC, Big 12 and SEC still discussing a course of action.
Penn State initially canceled spring practice and the annual Blue-White Game that had been scheduled for April 18. On July 9, the Big Ten then canceled all non-conference football games for the 2020 season, halting plans for Penn State’s first-ever meeting with Virginia Tech, as well as other highly-anticipated games like Ohio State-Oregon, Michigan-Washington and Wisconsin-Notre Dame. Then on Aug. 8, the Big Ten released its new 10-game schedules for each team, which would have seen Penn State kick off the season on Sept. 5 at Northwestern.
The MAC was the first domino to fall as they announced the cancellation of its football season on Saturday.
The door still remains open for a spring season, although it’s far too early to speculate the feasibility of that becoming a reality at this time. We will keep you updated on any news along the way, and find ways to keep you entertained until the Nittany Lions take the field once again.