41.2 F
Detroit
Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Michigan State Spartans react to today’s “heartbreaking” Big Ten decision

Bill Beekman referred to today's decision as "heartbreaking".

The Michigan State Spartans had an understandable reaction to today’s decision by the Big Ten to postpone the football season out of safety concerns thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic; the hope is that play will be able to get underway in the spring.

The team had been outside practicing when the news came through. First year head coach Mel Tucker gathered his team together to deliver the unfortunate decision, meaning that he’ll have to wait to make his debut with the team after taking over for the long tenured Mark Dantonio.

Athletic director Bill Beekman issued the following statement:

“The decision to postpone the fall season is heartbreaking,” Michigan State athletic director Bill Beekman said in a statement, soon after the Big Ten made its announcement. “Our student-athletes have put in tireless hours of hard work to earn their scholarships and their places on our teams. They are what inspire every one of us who work in intercollegiate athletics. We understand that today’s news will be devastating for many of them. As an athletic department our goal is to provide opportunities for student-athletes both academically, athletically and socially. Sadly, the time has come where we must postpone those athletic opportunities, at least for the fall.”

Tucker is disappointed, but understands the decision was made with the safety and health of everyone involved in mind.

“From the beginning of this public health crisis there have been many unknowns for college football, thus it was important for me to listen and follow our medical staff and medical experts’ protocols for our workouts, practices and playing,” Tucker said in a statement. “The uncertainties caused by COVID-19 have created enormous stress for our players and their families and I am proud of their resilience. Our coaches and staff will continue to support their drive, dreams and decisions.

“While the conclusion to postpone the season is not easy for anyone, based on the medical recommendations, I respect the decision of the Big Ten Conference. When the medical experts tell us that we can get back to business, we’ll be ready. Until then, stay safe and Go Green.”

– – Quotes via Matt Charboneau of The Detroit News Link – –

Let us know what you think!


- Advertisement -

Top Stories

Trio of players, including a quarterback, get tryout with Detroit Lions

According to the NFL transaction wire, the Detroit Lions worked out a trio of players on Tuesday, including a quarterback. As you can see below,...

Why the Detroit Lions could be sitting pretty by the time our Thanksgiving dinner is digested

The Detroit Lions managed to crap the bed not once, but twice to start off the 2020 season yet on Sunday, they showed they...

Jim Harbaugh comments on Michigan’s quarterback competition

With Dylan McCaffrey out of the picture, most believe that the starting quarterback job at Michigan will go to Joe Milton. http://gty.im/1171775638 But if you have...

Potential Red Wings draft target: D Jamie Drysdale

If Steve Yzerman is trying to lock in the defensemen who are going to be strongholds on Detroit's blue line for years to come, then Jamie...

NHL announces complete 2020 NHL Draft order

The 2019-20 NHL season is officially in the books and the Tampa Bay Lightning are the Stanley Cup Champions! Now, it is time to start...

Related news

Texas RB Bijan Robinson literally gets bent in half backward after hurdling defender [Video]

Let me begin by saying Texas RB Bijan Robinson somehow managed to jog off of the field on his own after what at first...

Michigan Wolverines OC Josh Gattis raves over QB Joe Milton

After the transfer of Dylan McCaffrey, the most important position for the Michigan Wolverines heading into the 2020 campaign appears to be Joe Milton's...

Former Michigan Wolverines standout Zavier Simpson finds new home in Germany

Point guard Zavier Simpson holds the tie for Michigan Wolverines record for most wins in program history with Jon Teske (108), and now he's...

CBS writer Jon Rothstein releases Big Ten basketball preseason Power Rankings

College basketball returns on November 25! http://gty.im/1096186106 We here in Big Ten country will be paying attention to the Michigan State Spartans and the Michigan...
1 Share
Share via
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap