As the SEC, ACC, and Big 12 continue to march forward towards their fall football seasons (despite numerous positive COVID tests in multiple programs) the Big Ten is reportedly reconsidering its stance of waiting until the winter/spring to begin its season.
According to Bruce Feldman, the Big Ten is now considering starting its season this fall after all, specifically right around Thanksgiving.
SOURCE: Big Ten coaches are meeting on a call right now. Am told "it's a real possibility" that the Big Ten may try to reverse course and play later this fall. https://t.co/lbZJePwUbG— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 28, 2020
B1G coaches & ADs are working w/ medical personnel to explore options for playing in fall/winter based on medical parameters regarding transmission rates, testing breakthrus & the #s in those localities/campuses. Decision will be made in the best interest of all 14 institutions.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 28, 2020
Obviously there is still much work to be done if such a season with a Thanksgiving starting time frame is to occur, but with the amount of pressure that is currently being applied to commissioner Kevin Warren by players and parents alike (and the White House, apparently), the idea of fall football is reportedly at least back on the table.
The tweet from Dennis Dodd which Feldman is quote-tweeting, also notes that such a season could still be delayed until January if needed.
Now, as far as whether this will actually happen? It will likely come down to two key factors–the progress of the ACC, Big 12, and SEC seasons with respect to the number of cases they report as a result of playing, and the number of cases that arise on the Big Ten campuses themselves among the student populations.
Roar Lions Roar will continue to cover any news in regards to the upcoming season, be it a fall, winter, or spring one, so be sure to check back for any updates.