The suit argues that the Big Ten's decision was based on "flawed data" because the conference relied on studies that involved older patients who are not similar to college football players.
The Penn State Football Parents Association released a statement earlier this month urging the fall season to be played.
But, the players say they don't believe there was an actual vote - claiming reps from multiple Big Ten schools have made public statements that there was no formal vote.More news: Bryan brothers bring curtain down on legendary tennis double act
The Gophers, including coach P.J. Fleck and quarterback Tanner Morgan, have been only supportive and understanding of the Big Ten's call, saying it was hard because everyone wants to play but that health and safety should come first.
According to the lawsuit, the Big Ten's governing documents require the presidents and chancellors to vote on such a decision and that at least 60 percent of those university leaders must vote in favor of the decision for it to take effect. After the conference's decision to postpone the season, the Parents Association published a letter demanding answers from Commissioner Kevin Warren.
After initially stating that their decision was final, Big Ten officials may be reconsidering the postponement. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported the Big Ten was considering a possible Thanksgiving start to the season. He was among those pushing in early August for the Big Ten to keep players on the field with a single-sentence "Play College Football!" "The Dems don't want football back, for political reasons, but are trying to blame me and the Republicans. We are actively considering options to get back to competition and look forward to doing so when it is safe to play".More news: Flash floods kill at least 75 people in Afghanistan
Per an Associated Press report, any plan would need approval from university presidents and chancellors, and the Big Ten is still committed to playing only if certain coronavirus prevention standards, from transmission rates to testing capacity and accuracy, come to fruition in the 11 states housing all 14 member schools.
One option includes playing games at domed stadiums across the Midwest, including in Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Detroit, another person with knowledge of the discussions told AP on condition of anonymity.More news: Mets, Marlins walk off field in social injustice protest