But the undercurrent is also political: Don’t let the left win. “The Left doesn’t care — they think removing joy from the fall will hurt Trump, so they’ll push to shut down football,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham tweeted Tuesday night. “It’s all political.”…

“Life is about tradeoffs,” wrote Sasse, the former president of Midland University, in a letter to Big Ten presidents and chancellors published on Tuesday. “But the structure and discipline of football programs is very likely safer than what the lived experience of 18-to-22-year-olds will be if there isn’t a season.”

Pundits all over right-wing media did the same. Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk called the Big Ten’s decision “disgusting and pathetic,” and college football figures appearing on Fox News urged universities not to cave to Covid-driven cowardice. “When they stormed Normandy, they knew there were going to be casualties,” Hall of Fame coach Lou Holtz said Tuesday.