Report: Big Ten Leadership Receives Updated Medical Plan Aimed at Resuming Fall Football Season

By Matt de Bear on September 13, 2020 at 6:47 pm
The Big Ten logo dominates a lightly trafficked Monument Square in downtown Indianapolis on Thursday after the conference announced it was pulling the plug on the men's basketball tournament over coronavirus concerns
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According to separate reports by Yahoo Sports' Pete Thamel, and Sports Illustrated's Pat Forde, the Big Ten is getting closer to a return of football. The news comes after the conference's medical committee made a presentation to school administrators outlining the changes in the nearly five weeks since they voted to postpone the the fall season. While no vote will reportedly take place today, it could come as soon as Monday.

According to Thamel, the earliest possible start date is in just under five weeks, October 17. That date could be pushed back, however, if needed. 

Two of the Big Ten's biggest names, Penn State head coach James Franklin and Ohio State head coach Ryan Day, issued their strongest comments to date last week. Both men lamented the lack of any information from the Big Ten's leadership, and an inability to keep their players informed. Those comments came amid reports of a looming presentation to the league leadership on improved medical protocols, such as rapid testing capabilities, that were not available in early-August.

Stay tuned, as it sounds like for the first time since shutting things down on August 11, the Big Ten is nearing an agreement to get teams back on the field.


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