Report: Six Big Ten Teams Would Play A 10-Game Season Under New Proposal

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Ohio State reporter/insider Jeff Snook wrote a Facebook post late Tuesday night explaining what is allegedly going on behind the scenes to make a Big Ten season work and it’s a plan being pieced together by OSU Athletic Director Gene Smith that would include six Big Ten teams — including Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska, Iowa and possibly Wisconsin along with Michigan. According to Snook’s source, the plan needs six schools to work.

Read Snook’s full report here.

“No matter what has been stated publicly, Ohio State’s hierarchy hasn’t yet given up on playing football this fall.

“Athletic Director Gene Smith, with the full support of school president-elect Kristina Johnson, has been working behind the scenes for the past six days to organize fellow Big Ten conference athletic directors in convincing at least five other university presidents to move forward with a 10-game season to be played among six teams, a source familiar with the movement told me today.”

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren hasn’t been heard from since declaring the Big Ten fall sports season postponed. Meanwhile, parents from Nebraska, Ohio State, Iowa, Michigan to Penn State have sent letters to Warren demanding a reversal of the conference’s postponement. Warren has even caught heat from a University of Michigan cardiologist who states the Big Ten used bad data in its main argument against a season.

Snook’s report states that this six-team plan to play a season hinges on decisions at Wisconsin and Michigan. Barry Alvarez, according to the report, is onboard, but this will come down to a decision by the school president. Snook says it’s a similar situation at Michigan where AD Warde Manual and Jim Harbaugh want to compete.

Tuesday, Ohio Governor Mike Dewine gave the go-ahead for contact sports in the state. High school football, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats and the two NFL teams will move forward with their seasons while Ohio State is on the sidelines, unless this Gene Smith plan works.

Snook also states that sources tell him “Big Ten presidents never voted on the issue before the conference adjourned its meeting last week and it was announced through new commissioner Kevin Warren that they were canceling the fall season.”


Posted by Jeff Snook on Tuesday, August 18, 2020

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  1. This would be great news for college sports. Just wondering how it will look if Michigan plays and not Michigan State? Michigan State is much more woke than Michigan so probably is arguing against playing. That will be an interesting conversation and my guess is that Governor Whitmer won’t let it happen.

  2. Purdue too please! Yeah, I know we suck (but have the proclivity to ruin Bucks season annually). Gov Holcomb has been a bit spineless during Corona but at least he hasn’t totally crumbled like Whitmer. Also current Purdue president and former Gov Daniels was the first Power 5 president to say students would be back on campus. I would imagine he would be open to playing. I was surprised when he was reported to vote against playing in that infamous, maybe-never-happened 12-2 vote.

  3. I doubt UofM plays while MSU sits out. Unfortunate. Hopefully PU or IU gets in the mix. ND plans on playing despite having a spike in cases (which they will control btw).

    Speaking of ND, Gene Smith played on a Notre Dame Nat’l Champ team – good man – not surprised at all he is doing everything possible to get his Bucks on the field.

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