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.
Sources: A comprehensive plan has been presented to the 14 Big Ten presidents/chancellors today, with an emphasis on medical protocols that have changed in recent weeks and are available to the league. No timetable set on vote, but expected soon. There's a lot of optimism.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 13, 2020
Sources: Big Ten meeting has been productive in terms of medical plan and maintaining momentum toward playing this fall. Vote has not taken place yet; could still happen tonight or tomorrow. Some schools already setting practice schedules in preparation for October kickoff.— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) September 13, 2020
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.