Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren made a telephone call with President Donald Trump on Tuesday after a White House representative discussed how the conference could return to playing college football as soon as possible.
Speaking to reporters on Tuesday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, Trump said the call with Warren was “very productive.”
“I think it was very productive about achieving [the] The Big Ten is playing again and immediately, “Trump said. Let’s see what happens.” He is a great man. It is a great conference, there are tremendous teams. We are pushing very hard. … I think they want to play, and fans want to see it, and the players have a lot at stake, including possibly playing in the NFL. You have a lot of great players in that conference.
“We had a great conversation, very productive, and maybe we would be very surprised. They had closed it, and I think they would have liked to see it in the open, as well as a lot of other football. Right now.”
In an earlier tweet on Tuesday, Trump signaled the Big Ten’s plans to return to the “one yard line”. A Big Ten official said a lot of work was yet to be done and it was emphasized that the league’s presidents and chancellors would have to approve any plan.
Sources told ESPN that several plans are being considered by the Big Ten’s Return to Competition Task Force – with a possible early start in late November or early January, or later next spring.
A conference source told ESPN that no formal plans for withdrawal have yet been submitted to university presidents and vice chancellors for their approval. Although the Big Ten athletic director and coach would like to play as soon as possible, the source said university presidents needed to be assured that the league could ease its concerns about the unknown impact of COVID-19 on myocarditis, and a conference call. Needs to be – Limit testing protocol that assures equal access and viability in each compound.
Although the end of November remains a valid option to consider, the Big Ten’s real comeback will depend on how athletic directors and medical advisors can present a plan to group presidents about the risks involved in playing them Will make you feel more comfortable. Coronovirus epidemic.
On August 11, Big Ten became the first Power 5 conference to postpone football and other fall games with hopes of playing in the spring, citing the uncertainty surrounding the epidemic. Hours after that decision, the Pac-12 announced that it was pushing the fall game back to spring.
Other Power 5 conferences – ACC, Big 12 and SEC – are still planning to play football this fall.
A Pac-12 spokesman told ESPN on Tuesday that White House officials had not arrived to talk to Commissioner Larry Scott.
On Monday, the Big Ten admitted that its presidents and chancellors voted 11-3 to postpone the fall season, and several sources told ESPN that Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State were the three schools that postponed the season. Voted against. The league said the vote was “for the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes.”
“On behalf of the Big Ten Conference and its Return to Competition Task Force, the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP / C), are exhausting every resource to help student-athletes play the sport they are supposed to Love. The proper time, in the safest and healthiest way possible, “the Big Ten said in a statement on Tuesday.
Heather Dinich of ESPN contributed to this story.