Parents of Iowa football players pen open letter to Big Ten
More than 60 parents of Iowa Hawkeyes football players penned an open letter to the Big Ten over its decision to postpone the season and are demanding transparency.
The letter, directed at Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and the conference council of presidents and chancellors, was also delivered to Big Ten headquarters in Rosemont, Ill., on Friday.
In it, the parents are asking for transparency regarding the decision to postpone the fall sports calendar and setting a deadline of Aug. 19 for a response from the conference.
“The fact that the Big Ten and the Council of Presidents and Chancellors made this decision with no input from those actually assuming these risks is appalling. The lack of unity, strategic planning, leadership and communication are why we are in the position that we are currently in,” reads part of the letter.
“The unwillingness to provide transparent health information and the perceived hypocrisy of allowing the players to be exposed to some long-term life altering risks, seems to be acceptable.
“Exposing the players to potential risk of COVID-19, risks they are already exposed to with the flu, is unacceptable to their school and conference to have this taken away from them in behind-closed-door meetings and still continue to expose them and all students and staff to the same risks is infuriating — and sets a precedent that is completely unacceptable. The Big Ten’s lack of communication and leadership is offensive,” the letter reads, in part.
–Field Level Media