The Big Ten Conference is cancelling its fall sports season and will try to play them in the spring, per multiple reports.
"We are particularly heartbroken for the student-athletes and coaches who put so much time and effort into preparing for competition," said UW chancellor Rebecca Blank and athletic director Barry Alvarez in a statement.
"Despite this postponement, we will continue to provide support and care for our student-athletes," the statement continues. "That is central to our Athletic Department mission, and includes continuing their scholarships, academic advising and support, health insurance, and meals. This also includes the safe and successful opening of the fall semester on our campus, so that all students have an opportunity to move forward in their education."
A majority of the conference's university presidents voted to postpone the season. Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren did not say whether the decision was unanimous.
The decision comes just six days after the Big Ten released a 10-game, conference-only football schedule that would have had the Badgers starting the season on Sept. 4 against Indiana University.
At least five Big Ten athletes that caught COVID-19 have confirmed cases of myocarditis, a certain type of heart inflammation, per ESPN. The uncertain long-term effects of COVID-19 became one of the decisive factors in the conference's decision to call off fall sports.Read More
No decision has been made on winter sports.