Ohio State parents to hold second protest over Big Ten cancellation of fall football season

Joey Kaufman
Ohio Stadium, also known as the Horseshoe, the Shoe, and the House That Harley Built, is on the campus of The Ohio State University.  Photographed Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

The parents of Ohio State football players will organize another demonstration over the Big Ten Conference’s cancellation of the fall season.

This one is to be held closer to home.

They plan to meet underneath the north rotunda of Ohio Stadium on Saturday, a week after convening outside the conference’s headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois.

About two dozen parents, including those of players from Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin, gathered outside the suburban Chicago office on Friday.

The latest planned protest, confirmed by the Ohio State parents’ association, follows the move earlier this month by the Big Ten to cancel the fall sports season, including football, because of the coronavirus pandemic. The sports could be rescheduled in the spring, though the conference has not offered details surrounding a potential makeup season.

While a protest in Columbus could invite a larger crowd, including Buckeyes fan frustrated by the decision from the conference, parents have said their primary complaint has rested with poor communication from the conference, which had announced a schedule only six days before announcing that it had canceled the fall season.

Randy Wade, the father of cornerback Shaun Wade, said they have asked for a Zoom call between commissioner Kevin Warren and the parents of players.

They wanted to express their concerns with the decisions and listen to an explanation for a sudden change in plans. While the Pac-12 followed the Big Ten in scrapping its fall season, the other major conferences, including the Atlantic Coast, Big 12 and Southeastern, have continued to look toward playing in 2020.

“At the end of the day, we wish that he'd at least hear us out,” Randy Wade said in a phone interview last week.

Since Friday’s protest, Wade said that he had not heard from any conference officials about a possible meeting.

He and others encouraged a larger presence to form outside the Horseshoe than in the Chicago suburbs last week.

In a tweet, he wrote, “We need thousands......”



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