University Of Michigan Cardiologist Questions Flawed Data Relied On By Big Ten To Cancel Season

University of Michigan cardiologist Dr. Venk Murthy is questioning data used by the Big Ten to cancel its fall sports season. "It could be reasonable to cancel, just not on the basis of this paper which is highlighted extensively," Murthy, professor of Preventive Cardiology at The UM Samuel and Jean Frankel Cardiovascular Center, tweeted in reference to a paper being relied upon by the Big Ten. Murthy and Darrel Francis, Professor of Cardiology at the National Heart and Lung Institute at Imperial College in London have laid out why the Big Ten shouldn't be using the flawed paper as basis for cancellation.

"If we as a profession are happy to retweet gibberish, we can't blame universities, sports associations and governments for talking nonsense," Francis said about the paper in question.

Murthy concludes the paper being used by the Big Ten shouldn't have been used. "Bad statistics and lots of moderate to severe effusions, LGE, etc in their controls means to me it is a paper that we should put little stock in this paper, regardless," he wrote on Twitter.

Professor Francis agrees: "Yes, I do think we should disregard it for now. The lead author did message me after my thread. I recommended they temporarily retract it pending changes, because otherwise it would keep misleading people."

Earlier this week, Outkick's Dr. David Chao addressed the myocarditis study divide between the Big Ten and the SEC.

Murthy is referencing this report from Sports Illustrated that is now a broken link on Google so I'll provide screenshots because Murthy is very focused on how the Big Ten used a flawed paper as part of its basis for cancelling the fall season - Google cache here:


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Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America. Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league. Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.