Big Ten extends suspension of organized team activities

Ohio State’s Justin Fields runs for a touchdown against Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff
Ohio State’s Justin Fields runs for a touchdown against Wisconsin on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus. David Jablonski/Staff

The Big Ten extended its suspension of organized team activities through June 1 because of the coronavirus pandemic, it announced Monday, and will re-evaluate the situation at that time.

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Here’s the rest of the text from a Big Ten press release:

“This is an additional measure to the previously announced cancellation of all conference and non-conference competitions through the end of the academic year, including spring sports that compete beyond the academic year,” a Big Ten press release read. “The conference also has previously announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities for the foreseeable future.

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“The Big Ten Conference will continue to use this time to work with the appropriate medical experts and institutional leadership to determine next steps relative to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The main priority of the Big Ten Conference is to ensure the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty, fans and media as we continue to monitor all developing and relevant information on the COVID-19 virus.”