Big Ten announces October return on Wednesday

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The Big Ten is set to play football.

The conference postponed all fall sports on August 11 due to concerns about playing amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but received pushes to reconsider that decision from players, coaches and some of the conference’s schools. That resulted in new rounds of meetings to discuss a return to play that culminated in a decision to start the season in October.

Games will begin on the weekend of October 24.

“Our focus with the Task Force over the last six weeks was to ensure the health and safety of our student-athletes. Our goal has always been to return to competition so all student-athletes can realize their dream of competing in the sports they love,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said in a statement. “We are incredibly grateful for the collaborative work that our Return to Competition Task Force have accomplished to ensure the health, safety and wellness of student-athletes, coaches and administrators.”

One of the key factors in the about face is the availability of rapid daily COVID-19 testing that schools believe will allow them to keep infection from spreading throughout teams this fall. The fact that other schools, including three of the other four Power Five conferences, have moved forward with the season since the Big Ten’s postponement.

The decision will allow NFL scouts to check out players who hope to move into the NFL next year, although several of the conference’s top prospects have already announced that they won’t be playing another season of college football.

48 responses to “Big Ten announces October return on Wednesday

  1. What could possibly go wrong? These kids live on campus, in dorms, with other students. Community spread anyone ?

  2. Poor leadership. They never should have postponed in the first place and now they look like backtracking clowns. But good for the players….they get to play as they should have all along.

  3. I had heard that Michigan and Michigan State were not going to play anyway…Also, starting October 24th gives them what, a month of games? Or do they go all through December up until Bowl games? Let’s be real, it’s all about the Universities not losing all of the TV $$$$.

  4. Now the scramble to make them academically eligible. I’m sure they were really hitting the books when they though the season was canceled.

  5. They didn’t decide to play because they now have rapid testing. They decided to play because the athletes were going to sue them and that lawsuit could blow the College Athletics model out of water. These athletes have a social/indentured contract with these universities whereby they play football and are compensated through Room, Board, and Education. If the athletes are willing to fulfill their part of the contract, then the school must fulfill its side of the contract. The University can’t just destroy that contract without any notice and that is exactly what these universities did. These athlete’s athletic/physical skills have a finite shelf life and these universities were going to negatively affect these young men without proper compensation for that impact.

  6. President Trump was right again.

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    you’re talking about a guy that yesterday said the novel coronavirus will disappear, with or without a vaccine, because the US would develop….and I quote him… “herd mentality”.

    Maybe by Easter?

  7. There is no reason for this other than money. There are people who will get sick and die due to this decision (not saying players, but people who get it due to spread from the players or coaches), but none of the decision-makers will be held accountable.

  8. I can see this ad in 3 years. ‘Did you play NCAA football in 2020? Do you now have heart related health issues? You may be entitled to compensation.Call now!’

  9. Money over lives. Stop pretending these are “student athletes” and pay them to play for your entertainment during a pandemic.

  10. byaaah says:
    September 16, 2020 at 10:53 am
    Money over lives. Stop pretending these are “student athletes” and pay them to play for your entertainment during a pandemic.

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    They are getting free educations and a platform to showcase their athletic skills that many of them use to make their way into the NFL. I’d say they are getting compensated

  11. They never should have given into the hysteria and cancelled in the first place.
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    Nearly 200K dead. When should we get hysterical?

  12. Profits over safety. I hope the campus, non-athelete students get daily testing too? Fat chance. And in the end, It’s All About the Money. Nice cave, Big 10.

  13. PFTSelectiveCensorship says:
    September 16, 2020 at 11:18 am
    Good. They never should have given into the hysteria and cancelled in the first place.

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    7 people have died that attended a wedding in Maine last month where the virus spread.

    Imagine that….you’re getting married, invite people you love, and 7 of them die.

    Nothing to worry about though, some say.

  14. With an 8-game season, that would take them through December 12. Minnesota has heating coils under their field but the other northern teams don’t. That could present some serious injury issues when it’s below freezing. I wonder if they’ll make some contingency plans to play late-season games in NFL stadiums if it’s too cold? If not, I would expect a lot more opt-outs.

  15. This is purely financial decision and clearly shows the hypocrisy of major college sports.

    The virus is not going away. It’s as lethal as ever. Look what has happened on many major college campuses. Look what is happening in Europe. The second wave has started and cases and deaths are increasing dramatically even in countries such as the Czech Republic that took much more dramatic steps to control the virus than any place in the US.

    I hope things work out safely but this is a really ignorant decision not based on science but on financial concerns. It will slow down the progress that has been made in many places.

  16. Aren’t some of these schools also leading the way in new outbreaks and have shutdown classroom instruction? Just saying.

  17. People calling 200k dead people “hysteria” – baffling ignorance. Just baffling.

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    Speaking of ignorance, there’s some now.

  18. With massive covid outbreaks on these campuses, this is a horrible decision. Filthy lucre defeats public health.

  19. Maybe we can stop hearing about this now. Money wins. Political pressure wins. Wanting to be part of the championship series wins. Don’t get me wrong. I’ve been for football from the beginning. I just think it’s pathetic that they took a principled stand and now they’re trying to rationalize the same money grab as everyone else. The Big 10 look like fools.

  20. Hardly any college that has opened for the year has been able to avoid the virus spreading. Clear that the almight dollar as always, is in charge. People, are stupid.

  21. Robert Zak says:
    September 16, 2020 at 9:34 am

    What could possibly go wrong? These kids live on campus, in dorms, with other students. Community spread anyone ?

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    They live on campus in dorms with other students whether they play football or not. There hasn’t been any evidence yet of community spread of Covid-19 due to playing football. The one college football player who has died of Covid-19 was in a program where they cancelled the season.

  22. SWFLPC.INC says:
    September 16, 2020 at 11:16 am
    byaaah says:
    September 16, 2020 at 10:53 am
    Money over lives. Stop pretending these are “student athletes” and pay them to play for your entertainment during a pandemic.

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    They are getting free educations and a platform to showcase their athletic skills that many of them use to make their way into the NFL. I’d say they are getting compensated

    “many of them” is a huge overstatement. A couple hundred draft picks, some free agents, maybe an average of 4 or 5 kids per big time program (depending on how you define it) and even then, not all of those actually make it to game one and really get some big(ish) money.

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