The Big Ten Conference announced in a statement Thursday afternoon that they will be canceling all conference and non-conference competitions through the academic school year.
Fans enter The Bankers Life Fieldhouse for an NCAA college basketball game at the Big Ten Conference tournament in Indianapolis, Thursday, March 12, 2020. The Big Ten Conference announced Thursday, that remainder of the games in the men's NCAA college basketball tournament were cancelled. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
This will include all spring sports that do compete outside of the academic year as well as all participation in NCAA tournaments and competitions. They will also suspend all recruiting activities.
The conference will be evaluating the correct steps to move forward during this time while consulting medical experts and institutional leadership.
The Big Ten Conference stated, "The main priority of the Big Ten Conference continues to be the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus."
Big Ten cancels all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year and announces a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future. https://t.co/bBVXWLqzvg— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) March 12, 2020
Not how we envisioned the season to end, but beyond proud of what we accomplished in 2019-20.— Iowa Basketball (@IowaHoops) March 12, 2020
Thank you so much for the memories and hard work of our seniors: @Bakari_Evelyn11, @rtillery20, and @B1Gcat15! pic.twitter.com/Z7pH2XFK9p