Big Ten’s postponement has a big impact locally

On Tuesday, the Big Ten postponed its college football season, becoming the first power five not to play this fall.

The Big Ten still is hoping to play in the spring, but the decision has a significant impact locally.

Three coaches, Illinois’ Lovie Smith, Minnesota PJ Fleck and Rutgers’ Greg Schiano, were either head coaches or assistants with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Indiana’s Tom Allen was a head coach at now defuct Temple Heights and served as an assistant at Armwood and USF.

And that’s just the coaches.

There are 30 players with area ties currently on Big Ten rosters, including 10 at Indiana.

Here is the list.


QB Deuce Spann, Fr., Lakewood

LB Jake Hansen, Sr., East Lake

DL Tre’von Riggins, Fr., Lakewood

LB Khalan Tolson, Jr., Admiral Farragut

DL Johnny Newton, Fr., CC Catholic

DL Quinton McCoy, Fr., Bloomingdale


WR Whop Philyor, Sr., Plant

DB Juwan Burgess, R-Jr., Plant

LB James Miller, R-So., Armwood

QB Michael Penix Jr., R-So., Tampa Bay Tech

DL Jonathan King, R-So., Tampa Bay Tech

LB D.K. Bonhomme, So., Clearwater Academy 

LB Thomas Allen, R-Jr., Plant

LB Micah McFadden, Jr., Plant

DL Sio Nofoagatoto’a, So., Clearwater Academy

DL Tramar Reece, R-Jr., Clearwater


DB Dane Belton, So., Jesuit

WR Quavon Matthews, Fr., Largo

WR Calvin Lockett, So., Largo


OL Zach Perkins, Fr., Berkeley Prep

DL Titi Almosse, Fr., Jefferson


LB Jaylen Harrell, Fr., Berkeley Prep


DB Solomon Brown, So., Largo

LB James Gordon IV, So., Plant City


WR Wayne Dennis Jr., R-Fr., Armwood

Ohio State

OL Nicholas Petit-Frere, So., Berkeley Prep

Penn State

RB Keyvone Lee, Fr., American Collegiate

DT Judge Culpepper, So., Plant


DL Malik Barrow, Sr., Tampa Catholic/IMG

LB Jack Del Rio, Fr., Clearwater Central Catholic