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The Big Ten announced on August 11th that they were postponing football season. Now, over a month later, it will announce today that the 14 presidents and chancellors in the conference voted to resume the season.
Breaking: Big Ten has unanimously voted to bring football back. Announcement this morning.— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) September 16, 2020
It is expected kick off on October 24th, according to Yahoo Sports; the championship game should be in Indianapolis on December 19th, the day before the College Football Playoff committee is scheduled to select the four teams.
The news that this vote and season structure would happen was first reported by Outkick founder Clay Travis over the weekend. We had an inkling this would happen today when Nebraska president Ted Carter was overheard on a hot mic saying an announcement was imminent.
There were much trials and tribulations to get to where we are today. The Big Ten presidents and chancellors can say whatever they want, but they felt considerable public pressure. From Justin Fields saying they should play to parent protests to a lawsuit from Nebraska players to the threat of litigation from the attorney generals of Ohio and Nebraska to involvement from President Donald Trump, this wasn’t a story that was ever going away for them.
The innovations in rapid, inexpensive Covid-19 testing also play a major role, and give the cover to the Big Ten to reverse their decision in light of scientific advancements.
All in all, the conference arrived at the right decision and it’ll be great to have them back. Congratulations to all of the players, coaches, parents, and fans who refused to back down.