The Willie Taggart era at Florida Atlantic will not be starting out in Minnesota after all.
The Big Ten Conference announced on Thursday that all of its fall sports will be limited to league-only games, due to the pandemic.
That means the Owls’ Sept. 3 season opener at Minnesota and Miami’s Sept. 26 non-conference game at Michigan State will not go on as scheduled.
“By limiting competition to other Big Ten institutions, the conference will have the greatest flexibility to adjust its own operations throughout the season and make quick decisions in real-time based on the most current evolving medical advice and the fluid nature of the pandemic,” the Big Ten said in a statement.
Big Ten Statement on 2020-21 Fall Season:https://t.co/KLjc4mA47h
— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) July 9, 2020
The announcement comes one day after the Ivy League also cancelled all fall sports.
“FAU athletics is aware of the Big Ten’s decision to move to a conference-only schedule and we’re looking into the matter further at this time,” an Owls representative said in a statement.
The defending Conference USA champions are currently preparing for their first season under Taggart, who was fired by Florida State after just 21 games.
Meanwhile, the Hurricanes are looking to improve upon last year’s losing season, which was their first since 2014, under second-year head coach Manny Diaz.
Still better to have “some” football than none at all.