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Dan Patrick, as we’ve mentioned a number of times over the past month, has emerged as a Big Ten insider. In today’s dispatch, he says that the Big Ten chancellors and presidents are slated to vote this afternoon, and that there’s optimism for a majority of the schools to vote in favor of playing. However, he says even if that’s the case, that Michigan, Michigan State, and Maryland probably won’t play football this Fall:
DP on B1G: "The Presidents and Chancellors will vote today. Mich. probably not going to play, Mich. St. not going to play, Maryland's probably [won't] play. But you're going to get Nebraska, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana, Ohio St. Wisconsin wants to play but may not be able to." pic.twitter.com/6QiusRB5t1
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) September 14, 2020
This reporting is in dispute with what Brett McMurphy of Stadium reported on Sunday night:
If Big Ten presidents/chancellors vote to play football in the fall, then all B1G schools will play, sources told @Stadium. Earlier reports indicated if presidents voted to play, some B1G schools might opt not to play, but that will not be the case, source said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 14, 2020
This remains a fluid situation so I guess we’ll have to see what happens. A world where the Michigan Wolverines sit out the season where other Big Ten schools play would be absolutely wild and Jim Harbaugh would raise all sorts of cain if that manifested.
Read Outkick founder Clay Travis’s story from over the weekend about where everything stands with the Big Ten vote, a return to play plan for October 17th, and the Big Ten title game on December 19th.