It looks like the fall sports season may take another hit. The Big Ten conference presidents met over the weekend to discuss whether to have a football season this fall due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a story in USA Today. 

A formal announcement is expected later this week.

It could be another setback for the sports world, from high school to college to professional, as officials grapple with the health and safety measures needed to combat the widespread transmission of the coronavirus.

The Big Ten originally announced last week its playing schedule for the fall with games planned for Labor Day weekend. Teams were practicing in anticipation of the start date, however, all nonconference games were to be canceled.

In addition to the Big Ten, the remaining four conferences in the Power Five have yet to announce any decisions regarding the coming season. It was announced the Pac-12 was also considering a vote to  cancel the season, according to USA Today.

The turmoil in the sports world continues nearly five months after the NCAA canceled the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in March, one of the earliest signs that major sporting leagues and events would struggle to conduct business as usual amid a pandemic. High school winter State Tournaments (except hockey and wrestling) also were canceled, followed by spring sports.

After the massive cancellation of off-season college football practices in March, coaches and players separated for much of the spring before returning to campuses in early June after the NCAA allowed voluntary team activities.

According to the USA Today article, positive cases of COVID-19 spiked over the summer in many states housing multiple football programs, including Texas, Florida and California.

Meanwhile, large outbreaks of cases caused several programs to suspend team workouts entirely, leading every Power Five conference to announce altered regular-season schedules that largely eliminated nonconference play.

Last weekend, the Mid-American Conference became the first FBS conference to officially postpone competition until at least the spring, citing health concerns for its decision impacting all fall sports. 

Football fans will likely learn more later in the week, but it sure might be a tough road for sports fans this fall if the college football season is canceled.