President Trump is expressing his desire to see a college football season in 2020 despite reports of a potentially imminent suspension.
In a pair of tweets on Monday, Trump said the season should go on, and voiced his support for players who are rejecting the reported suspension of the campaign because of the coronavirus crisis.
"The student-athletes have been working too hard for their season to be cancelled," Trump said in a Monday afternoon post in which he responded to a tweet by Clemson star Trevor Lawrence.
Trump closed that tweet with the #WeWantToPlay hashtag, which began trending on Sunday when several prominent college football players, including Lawrence, posted about their opposition to cancelling the upcoming campaign.
Lest there were any confusion about his stance on the matter, Trump later tweeted "Play College Football!"
On Saturday, the Mid-American Conference - the MAC - abruptly announced the suspension of 2020 football games, becoming the first of the so-called Group of 5 conference to do so.
Multiple reports on Monday said the Big Ten and Pac-12 would be the next conferences to follow suit. The presidents of the Big Ten schools reportedly voted 12-2 against playing on Monday morning, and the conference was expected to announce its decision Tuesday.
Trump attended three college games last season, including LSU-Alabama, Army-Navy, and the national title game between Clemson and LSU in January.