It’s a well documented fact at this point that Big Ten football players and their parents are frustrated with the conference’s decision to postpone the 2020 fall season. However, each day we continue to hear from more players and parents voicing their concerns.
In a podcast interview with ESPN’s Marty Smith, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson spoke about what he feels has been a lack of transparency from Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren, and Michigan president Mark Schlissel.
“My emotions are just frustration, I’m just infuriated they made this decision without talking to us,” Hutchinson told Smith. “The commissioner, our president, there were no words exchanged asking our thoughts about if we want to play ‘cause you know at the end of the day we’re the ones playing the game and they didn’t ask our opinion. It was super frustrating to find out one day that our president voted for us not to have the season, when I’ve never seen that guy in my three years here at Michigan.”
Hutchinson said he wants the “real hard facts” as to why the Big Ten cancelled the season, he wants to see the data the conference used that led to their decision.
“I think it’s unfair that Kevin Warren, the Big Ten commissioner, is canceling the Big Ten season yet his son will be playing football at Mississippi State this year,” Hutchinson said. “That doesn’t quite make sense. For him to cancel my season and allow his son to play football doesn’t quite make sense.”
Hutchinson believes if players and parents continue to raise their voice on the matter that they’ll get the answers they’ve been looking for.