Trevor Lawrence Timeline Illustrates Absurdity of Big Ten Rules

As we’ve been talking about all week, the Big Ten has COVID-19 protocols that require players to sit out for 21 days following their positive test. The SEC, ACC, and Big 12 require 10-day isolations, in line with CDC guidance. Trevor Lawrence, and the timeline in which he may return to action after his positive test, illustrates the absurdity of this disparity with the Big Ten.

Wisconsin quarterback Graham Mertz was tested this past Saturday and thus appears to be eligible for Wisconsin vs. Michigan on November 14th. However, there are other Wisconsin Badgers who tested positive this week, before Lawrence, who would not be eligible for the game against Michigan due to the 21-day rule. And then you look at Lawrence, who according to Adam Schefter would be eligible to play next week against Notre Dame, a week before a group of Badgers are STILL required to sit out:

If the last few months have proven anything, it’s that the Big Ten is not more noble or sophisticated than the SEC, ACC, and Big 12. The ACC, where Trevor Lawrence and Clemson play, has a medical advisor, Dr. Cameron Wolfe, who is a Duke infectious disease specialist. The SEC, ACC, and Big 12 smartly postponed their season instead of canceling it like the Big Ten did in August, and as a result they have buffer space built into their seasons to absorb inevitable team outbreaks.

The rationale for the 21-day rule in Big Ten is that heart screenings for myocarditis can take weeks. However, Sports Illustrated documented earlier this week that a new nine-page report by leading sports cardiologists “indicates that doctors are finding so few heart abnormalities in COVID-positive athletes that they are no longer recommending any cardiac screenings for those who experienced mild symptoms or no symptoms.”

Hopefully, the Big Ten will adapt to this new information and adjust their rules.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. Pretty straight forward explanation, the Big 10 is mostly blue states, they are going to fight on the lie until the war ends and they are soundly defeated, and its not going to end on election night. I think this bullshit will be going on well into spring time.

  2. The Big 10 rules are ridiculous. The “trust the science” crowds aren’t trusting the science. The CDC recommended protocol is- 10 day quarantine from the first symptoms or first positive test and then return to normal life. It makes total sense to follow this timeline, particularly for healthy young athletes.

  3. B1G rules are driven by avowed Trump-hating commissioner and academic ‘elites’ who have sought to keep every business and every person locked down and cowering behind masks. On cue, MSM has ramped up fearmongering over two weeks before election. After next Tue, entirely possible that B1G revised rules yet again. Hypocrites.

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