NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - The return of Coach Greg Schiano to the sidelines will have to wait after the Big Ten voted Sunday to cancel the fall sports season.

The schools voted 12-2 to call off the fall sports season in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, according to several published reports.

A spokesman in the Rutgers athletics department said he was aware of the reports, but said nothing has been confirmed.

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"That decision will come from the conference," he said.

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that only Nebraska and Iowa voted against canceling the season.

It would be a disappointing end to a season filled with renewed hope among Rutgers football fans. Schiano, who led the Scarlet Knights to six bowl game appearances in his final seven seasons during his first stint as coach, was viewed by fans as a savior after Chris Ash guided Rutgers to eight wins over the previous four seasons before being fired in the fall.

The Board of Governors voted to give Schiano an eight-year deal worth $32 million in December, and a press conference held to welcome him back featured a red carpet lined by a few hundred joyous season ticket holders.

In recent weeks, however, the team has had to go into quarantine after more than 20 players tested positive for COVID-19.

State Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli announced at a COVID-19 briefing that the players had likely contracted the virus after attending a party.

If the season is canceled, it's not clear if the Big Ten will try again in the spring to play.