The Big Ten is expected to announce a return to football in October, sources confirmed to ESPN, first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The conference postponed all the fall sports seasons on August 11 because of concerns about the pandemic.
The Big Ten will kick off its football season the weekend of Oct. 24 after the league's presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to resume competition, citing daily testing capabilities and a stronger confidence in the latest medical information.
electing to proceed, sources said. League bylaws required at least 60% of presidents and chancellors to approve a return of the fall season.Following the postponement, Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren formed a return to competition task force, which this past weekend presented to the presidents and chancellors and reviewed daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and a data-driven approach to make decisions about practices and competition.
The Big Ten's daily rapid testing program will begin Sept. 30 on all 14 campuses. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through point of contact (POC) daily testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test. Each Big Ten team will designate a chief infection officer to report data about testing to the league, which will make decisions about practice and competition based on team positivity rate and population positivity rate.
Football players who test positive for COVID-19 must wait at least 21 days to return to competition, as they will undergo"comprehensive cardiac testing" before being cleared by a cardiologist designated by each university primarily for that purpose. Concerns about myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle caused by viral infections like COVID-19, significantly contributed to the Big Ten's initial decision to postpone the fall football season.
The Big Ten will use a color-coded system -- green, orange and red -- for both team positivity rates and population positivity rates.If the team's positivity rate exceeds 5% or the population's positivity rate exceeds 7.5%, the team must pause practice and competition for at least seven days. If the team's positive rate is between 2% and 5% or the population's positivity rate is between 3.5% and 7.5%, the team"must proceed with caution and enhance COVID-19 prevention."
"Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities," Dr. Jim Borchers, head team physician at Ohio State and co-chair of the return to competition task force's medical subcommittee, said in a prepared statement."The data we are going to collect from testing and the cardiac registry will provide major contributions for all 14 Big Ten institutions as they study COVID-19 and attempt to mitigate the spread of the disease among wider communities."
All 14 Big Ten presidents and chancellors heard Sunday from the medical subcommittee, which presented to a group of eight presidents and chancellors on Saturday. The subcommittee outlined at least four rapid response antigen testing options that could allow Big Ten teams to test daily for COVID-19 and significantly decrease the amount of necessary contact tracing, a significant concern for several league schools because of local public health regulations.
The Big Ten's initial postponement and the process around it prompted strong criticism of Warren and the league, as coaches, administrators, players, parents and politicians repeatedly questioned why the conference was not playing when others chose to do so. Several parents of Big Ten players protested the decision Aug. 21 outside league headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois, and subsequent parent-led protests took place at Ohio State and Michigan. Warren released an open letter to the conference community stating that the vote by the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors was"overwhelmingly in support of postponing fall sports and will not be revisited."
In late August, eight Nebraska players filed a lawsuit against the Big Ten, seeking to invalidate the postponement of the fall football season and to award damages. The case is still pending.President Donald Trump tweeted his approval of the Big Ten's decision to resume football.
Great News: BIG TEN FOOTBALL IS BACK. All teams to participate. Thank you to the players, coaches, parents, and all school representatives. Have a FANTASTIC SEASON! It is my great honor to have helped!!!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump)September 16, 2020
The Big Ten will join six FBS conferences, including the ACC, Big 12 and SEC, in playing fall seasons. ACC and Big 12 teams already have started play, and the SEC kicks off its league-only football schedule Sept. 26.The Pac-12, which also postponed its fall football season Aug. 11, has not announced plans about when it might kick off, but sources said mid-to-late November would be the earliest. Commissioner Larry Scott said in a statement Wednesday that universities in California and Oregon do not have approval from public health officials to start contact practice, and that the conference is monitoring the fires and air quality in the region.
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Thank you Mr. President for your part in making this happen!!! Me personally I believe they shouldn’t be able to play in any bowl games but $$$$ talks The concerns were unwarranted...liberals, ESPN, your politics and the virus are all stupid and should be cancelled I wish big10 wouldn’t have resumed so you could sit out and realize how stupid and wrong you are after Trump wins the election we will get our country back in order
At least the Big 10 had the sense to delay their season. Oct 24th gives them over a month more to see how the virus affects the other teams.
Big Ten changes course, aims for October start to footballThe move came amid sharp pressure from coaches, a lawsuit from players and pressure from parents and even President Donald Trump pushing for a Big Ten football season. Well that seems like a convicted decision HerdMentality BIG Ten stood to lose BIG Bucks.
Big Ten football returns and Trump tweets ‘honor to have helped’Big Ten college football will now kick off in 2020, reversing an earlier decision to scrap the season amid the ongoing pandemic. And President Trump tweets hopes for a “FANTASTIC SEASON.” Balls in your court....er, field, PAC-12! Neoliberalism (corporate dictatorship) has destroyed sports in America, along with everything else. The science has changed?
Nebraska Prez Caught On Hot Mic Saying Big Ten FB Returning 👀Okay, EVERYBODY REMAIN CALM ... but U. of Nebraska president Ted Carter may have just spilled the beans on the return of Big Ten football season ... saying an announcement is coming Tuesday night!!! Bruh this blew up Nebraska is not very good at secrets. Also.
Bowing to pressure, Big Ten will begin eight-game football season in OctoberBowing to pressure from players, coaches and politicians, the Big Ten’s presidents decided to move forward with an eight-game football season beginning on Oct. 24. They bowed to parents and boosters. Bowing to greed. College football is BIG money for the BIG Ten. More people will die Worldwide from TB this year. The basic fact is that this Virus was never the threat to healthy people under 75, especially children and youth that we were told.
Big Ten changes course, aims for October start to footballLess than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changes course and says it plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 24. Sits back and watches as every player gets Covid and then they panic and start cancelling things. Because the leadership is a bunch of idiots. Who rushed to a decision when there was plenty of time to wait and evaluate. Absolutely not acceptable reason for the bigten to not fire KevinFWarren. Who do the parents/players sue if there is death or permanent injury from getting Covid?
Big Ten Reverses Course and Will Bring Football Back in Late OctoberThe Big Ten on Wednesday restored its 2020 football season, a surprising reversal in its response to the novel coronavirus that reflects the extraordinary pressure to push forward with college sports. Wall Street Journal, please apologize to the Chinese people. Hell yes!! Fight back against these Marxists at every level of society! Even the Wall Street Journal is mad about the most common sense decision possible.