Real Pod Wednesdays: Assessing the Big Ten's Decision to Pull the Plug on Fall Sports and What Needs to Happen for Spring Football to Work

By Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill on August 12, 2020 at 10:05 pm
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It's the podcast we'd hoped we wouldn't have to record.

After the Big Ten officially shut down fall sports on Tuesday, we finally got a chance to sit down on Wednesday night to record our post-mortem episode of Real Pod Wednesdays, in which we discuss why the conference made the decision it did now, whether it pulled the plug quickly and how that decision could affect Ohio State in the short and long terms if other conferences proceed forward with playing football this fall.

Then, we look ahead to a prospective spring football season and consider what will need to happen to make that a realistic possibility and what that could look like for Ohio State, whether the Buckeyes will be without their biggest stars and whether it's truly feasible that midyear enrollees could play right away.

In Three Things We Think, we share our thoughts on how the past week could lead to a stronger college football players’ movement, the odd juxtaposition of Ohio high school football continuing while Ohio State isn't and how a spring football season could potentially run concurrent with college basketball season.

Finally, we answer your questions about the NCAA's lack of oversight, a few players who could have particularly tough decisions to make about their futures and the possibility of coaches taking pay cuts.

Listen to Real Pod Wednesdays in the audio player above or on your streaming platform of choice (iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcherTuneIn).

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