JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - The fall face-off between Arkansas State University and the University of Michigan will not be played.
The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday afternoon that if teams are able to participate in fall sports, they will be limted to “Conference-only schedules.”
In a news release, the conference stated: “By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the Conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic.” To read the full statement, click here.
The Arkansas State Athletic Department responded with this statement: “There were no conversations between Arkansas State and Michigan about cancelling our game on September 19th, 2020. We are evaluating all options in light of today’s Big Ten Conference announcement.”
The Red Wolves would have received $1.8 million for the matchup with the Wolverines. They’re not the only Sun Belt team impacted by Thursday’s news. Appalachian State’s tilt at Wisconsin is also canceled.
Notable Big Ten Non-Conference Games Canceled
September 12th: Memphis at Purdue
September 12th: Ohio State at Oregon
September 19th: Arkansas State at Michigan
September 19th: Appalachian State at Wisconsin