B1G Decisions on the Horizon

By Jake Hasan

As we all quarantine during this time of uncertainty, the Big Ten has some decisions coming up. When sports were initially postponed earlier in March, the Big Ten said they would reassess the situation in April.

Well that time is nearly here. April starts next week and it is nearly time for the conference to “reassess” the situation.

Namely they have to determine if it is still feasible to hold the Big Ten softball tournament, which was supposed to be held in Champaign by the fighting Illini at Eichelberger Field.

It was going to be a big moment for Illinois softball, one they had been preparing for, “We are excited to have the honor of hosting the Big Ten Tournament this year,” said head coach Tyra Perry per Fightingillini.com in December. “Our event staff has been working very hard to provide a top-notch championship environment for our student-athletes and fans. The Big Ten Tournament has always proven to be a spectacular event where our student-athletes can showcase their talent and represent their university with pride.” Obviously things have changed since December.

It was announced Thursday that the United States now has the most cases of COVID-19 in the world. So things don’t look great with the reassessment looming. However, that leaves a chance still, things can change a lot in a week. The Big Ten hasn’t posted any updates to their page on bigten.org since the original announcement that sports would be put on hold.