Rumors have circulated around the country that the Big Ten conference is moving towards cancelling the 2020 football season due to COVID-19 concerns.
While the presidents and chancellors have reportedly not held a vote yet, many around the league are skeptical about what is to come, and false reports that a cancellation had been decided spread around Twitter Sunday night.
Clemson star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, a potential 2020 Heisman Trophy finalist, took it to social media on Sunday, tweeting the hashtag #WeWantToPlay with a graphic of what the players want.
#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/jvQhE7noGB— Trevor Lawrence (@Trevorlawrencee) August 10, 2020
Many coaches and players around the Big Ten followed suit, speaking out on social media about their desire to play football this upcoming fall.
Most notably Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh, Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, Penn State head coach James Franklin and Nebraska head coach Scott Frost all spoke out on the importance of playing football this fall, including how it is safer for the players to be following the NCAA and Big Ten’s health and safety guidelines, rather than them being on their own.
Several Maryland football players took to social media to voice their opinions about the swirling rumors.
Here is a thread of their Tweets (ordered from oldest to newest chronologically):
— Taulia Tagovailoa (@tauliaa12) August 9, 2020
Wow— T A N K (@arbj14_) August 10, 2020
canceling the college football szn will not slow or stop the spread of COVID. The safety precautions are in place, and teams are ready to play. #WeWantToPlay— Anthony Pecorella (@Ant_Pec21) August 10, 2020
No way...— Ruben Hyppolite II (@rubenknows1) August 10, 2020
I just want to ball..— Jakorian “JB” Bennett (@Jakorian23) August 10, 2020
♂️— Tay7️⃣ (@_godof5) August 10, 2020
#WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/pvMMpei8Uu— Jake Funk (@jakefunk34) August 10, 2020
All ya’ll need to speak for yourselves when it come to this CFB/COVID stuff, y’all do not represent the voices of every player. We don’t even have players union!— Oluwaseun Oluwatimi (@Olu_2x) August 10, 2020
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Now what ?!— DJ (@_DjTurner1) August 10, 2020
We chose to play and they gave up on us. #WeWantToPlay— Dino Tomlin (@DinoTomlin) August 10, 2020
It’s easy to point out all the negatives in a situation. Spread Positivity ! ☮️— Rak (@RakimJarrett) August 10, 2020
Have torn my ACL twice in less than 2 years. Rehabbed in a friends barn all quarantine. Athletes have worked too hard for this opportunity. The guys who have “opted in” should be treated with the same respect as the guys who have “opted out”. We understand the risk. #WeWantToPlay pic.twitter.com/d0sF9aliPX— Jake Funk (@jakefunk34) August 10, 2020
innocent black men & women losing their lives and there was silence but now that college football might be done for the fall, everyone has something to say now SMH!— Tyran Hunt (@tyranjhunt) August 10, 2020
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Charles started for the Connecticut Sun Monday night, her first career WNBA start.
Kaila got the call☀️#SUNState pic.twitter.com/0tPiGD5mAG— Connecticut Sun (@ConnecticutSun) August 10, 2020