Big Ten to move fall sports to conference-only schedule; Maryland to lose in-state football matchup with Towson

The Big Ten on Thursday announced its plan to move its fall sports to a conference-only schedule, as collegiate and professional sports leagues continue to make adjustments to their operations amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the conference said that “if the Conference is able to participate in fall sports based on medical advice, it will move to Conference-only schedules in those sports.”

The decision affects football, men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball.

The Big Ten is the first Power Five conference to announce a change to its fall sports.