Big Ten extends suspension of team activities through May 4

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Illinois Head Football Coach Lovie Smith speaks during Big Ten Media Days on July 18, 2019 at the Hilton Chicago.

By Jackson Janes, Assistant Sports Editor

The Big Ten Conference announced this afternoon that all organized team sports and activities will remain suspended through May 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension will be re-evaluated again before this deadline.

An announcement on March 13 originally postponed all activities through April 6, with the new announcement extending this period for four additional weeks. All on-and off-campus recruitment is also suspended for “the foreseeable future.”

“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 pandemic,” said Adam Augustine, Big Ten Conference assistant commissioner for communications, in an email.

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