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Wisconsin vs. Nebraska got canceled this Saturday after Graham Mertz, Paul Chryst and a dozen other Badgers players and personnel tested positive for COVID-19. There was a glimmer of hope that Nebraska might schedule a shotgun game versus UT-Chattanooga instead, but those plans have fallen by the wayside as the Big Ten said no:
Chattanooga AD Mark Wharton just told me the Big Ten has denied a request for the Mocs to play Nebraska on Saturday. Neb had guaranteed $200K-$250K. Entire UTC team had tested negative using PCR tests Wednesday night. (more)
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) October 29, 2020
It stinks that the Big Ten isn’t more flexible. That’s the whole reason we’re in this mess in the first place. They canceled the season too soon instead of following the lead of the SEC, ACC, and Big 12, who postponed the start of their seasons but still left room for more inevitable postponements.
Why couldn’t Nebraska and UT-Chattanooga play this game, so that players, coaches, and fans of these programs have something to do this Saturday?