The Big Ten announced that it will move into a conference-only schedule; it is the first conference to do so.

The Illinois State University football team was set to play the University of Illinois Fighting Illini on Sept. 4 at Memorial Stadium but that game is now canceled due to this ruling. 

Illinois State Athletic Director Larry Lyons issued a statement late Thursday.

“I spoke with (Illinois Director of Athletics) Josh Whitman earlier today and he advised me of the decision made by the Big Ten Conference. I appreciate him taking the time to pick up the phone and speak to me personally. We agreed to let the dust settle and have a follow-up conversation in a few days. Obviously, we are disappointed by the decision as there are many people affiliated with both universities that have had this game circled on their calendars for a long time. The fact of the matter is that the game will not be played, and we will adjust and move forward. That is how we have been operating since March and we will continue to do so as things continue to change due to this pandemic.”

JAKE SERMERSHEIM is a Sports Editor for The Vidette. He can be contacted at vidette_jrserme@ilstu.edu. Follow him on Twitter at @JakeSermersheim


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