Big Ten on hold until questions answered

Ruben Hill
September 16, 2020

"We're getting ready to announce the Huskers and Big Ten football tonight", Carter said.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Tuesday afternoon that a proposal has been approved for football this fall. The Journal Sentinel reported that the latest proposal to the Big Ten's Council of Presidents and Chancellors included an October 17 start with eight games in a nine-week window. A league title game would be December 19.

Sunday's presentation also broadened beyond the medical component to include more specifics about how and when the Big Ten could start the season, along with possible dates and the medical thresholds that each team must meet in order to return.

The Big Ten champion would then be eligible for a spot in the College Football Playoff, which has its four-team field announced December 20.

The news trickled out even earlier Tuesday.

University of Nebraska President Ted Carter was overheard on a hot microphone - or in other words, one that he didn't realize was turned on - saying Tuesday morning prior to a news conference on an unrelated topic that an announcement is on the horizon about a month and a few days after the conference postponed its fall sports seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Asked by KLKN-TV after the meeting to clarify his comment about an imminent announcement, Carter said: "I think that was picked up a little out of context".

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Meanwhile, Brett McMuprhy reports Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank said Tuesday the main reasons the Big Ten postponed the season is because of availability of testing and heart issues. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) about the Big Ten's decision last month and whether the conference might reverse course. "One was that we were uncertain that we could do the level of testing and contact tracing that we needed to keep athletes safe".

Kaine followed by asking if the decision would be unanimous. "Decisions within the Big Ten are largely majority-based decisions but I'll be honest, we nearly always decide everything by consensus.

We very rarely take votes", Blank said.

The Big Ten's medical subcommittee, which is co-chaired by Ohio State lead team physician Dr. Jim Borchers and Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour, outlined plans that not only included new testing possibilities, but also the latest information about myocarditis, a viral inflammation of the heart muscle, and other conditions found in athletes who recovered from COVID-19.

"When there is any news to share or confirm regarding any Big Ten board decision, it will be announced by the Big Ten", University of Nebraska spokeswoman Deb Fiddelke said.

That's the impact of college football.

Perhaps the No. 1 factor in the council's reversal has been the development of COVID-19 tests, which are more rapid and less costly now than they were in August.

She would not predict which way a vote to return to play would go. The full Council of Presidents and Chancellors was briefed Sunday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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