Big Ten is making loud noises and talking noises with football science


The Big Ten has officially decided to play Fall Season 2020, 36 days after the fall schedule was released, 36 days after that fall season was postponed, stating the fall season would not be “Reason”. ”

If you are confused, grab a mic. This is essentially why the President of Nebraska broke ‘The Rust Belt’ while listening to the news on Tuesday. Ted Carter – not knowing that he was on the hot mic at a press conference – referred the news to the director of the National Institute of Strategic Research.

There was nothing strategic or researched about Carter missileting. He began unintentionally as a teased, brutal, a process that officially lasted longer than the previous Pope’s election.

All that was needed was a puff of white smoke. Except that something else would have been burning on the ground in the Big Ten.

The conference finally made it official on Wednesday. The country of Bucknuts and his comrades rejoiced.

On one level, this peak was the Big Ten. It also cannot be found on the same page for one of the biggest announcements in the history of the conference. On the other … well, there is no other level. Man, this is a big mess. Now, let’s play.

Yes, it’s time to celebrate. We are going to have one last season of Justin Fields. The players who made the selection are at least talking about changing their minds. A kind of season is now taking shape that four of the Power Five conferences are playing.

Finally, the Big Ten cited the more secure COVID-19 test. I’d appreciate it.

How the conference is not found there. Mostly because there is not a certainty.

We know the beginning – 23 October for nine straight weekends. We do not know how it will end.

College football success continues to hang in midyear, hopefully more than 6 feet away. It becomes a dance between the drops of rain and expects it not to get wet. Nothing is guaranteed.

On Tuesday, the Big Ten took a shared responsibility in the fall season with the SEC, Big 12 and ACC. It is a responsibility to play college football and other fall sports safely and carefully.

We enter Week 3 with 13 games already postponed or canceled. This includes the state of Arkansas, which canceled its game against Central Arkansas this week due to a massive outbreak. It played last week’s game without nine boundaries, bypassing dozens of players.

Texas Tech revealed that it had 75 COVID-19 positives since July. Ed Orgeron of LSU noted in passing that “most of our players have caught it.” Wisconsin has stopped football for two weeks due to COVID-19. Penn State’s campus has seen an increase in cases. Florida suspended baseball and lacrosse after a combined athlete tested positive.

That we know about. More than half of FBS programs surveyed new York Times Were not publicly declaring COVID-19 positive.

Within the Big Ten, Maryland and Wisconsin have stopped workouts. Do you care

Before answering, consider the nine-game schedule satisfies the league’s conference inventory, which Fox and ESPN owe. There is going to be a wild final weekend with all 14 teams to play on December 18 – what amounts to the top team plus six consolation games from each division in the league championship game.

Playing nine games over several weeks, there is a student-athlete welfare issue somewhere. The other three Power Five conferences playing this fall have built in three weeks to make the game.

“We believe safe protocol will allow us to complete this season,” said Ohio State team doctor James Borchers. “We know it’s an important game, but it’s been done in the past. It will be incumbent [us] Health and safety are at the forefront of what we are doing. … If we need to adjust, we will adjust. ”

For more football red meat seekers, yes, this time is short. But it is advisable to add that responsibility now.

That’s why it took so long for those Big Ten presidents. Being tyrannical is not a sin. Being irresponsible can save a life.

There is no right and wrong in this saga. not now. For now, the league only found safe rationalization.

On August 11, six days after the release of the Big Ten fall schedule, the Big Ten postponed the fall season. Reconsideration allows the Big Ten to pursue the College Football Playoff.

It allows Nebraska’s Scott Frost and Ohio State’s Ryan Day to step down from their part-time jobs as crisis managers. They may shout during the COVID-19 epidemic, but can they coach with sensitivity and feel that it is about to take through?

To say that the “right” decision cannot be determined at this time. It is safer than it was a month ago, but the final conclusion is to decide history, books, documentaries and science.

While the biggest reason for the Big Ten’s turnaround is the rapid, daily, point-of-care Kovid-19 test of availability, previously adopted by the Pac-12, Commissioner Larry Scott’s league still has state regulation issues Teams in California and Oregon to conduct padded practices that won’t allow half.

Meanwhile, the White House claimed that President Donald Trump’s sept. 1 call to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren was “probably the most important call in the Big Ten this year.”

“He was honored and humbled to be able to make a difference,” said a senior White House administrator.

A top ten university president denied that to NBC News.

“President Trump had nothing to do with our decision and did not influence the deliberations.” The president of that school told Peter Alexander of NBC. “In fact, when his name surfaced, it was negative because no one wanted it to be political.”

Speaking carefully, coaches, parents and players should not give much voice about playing. It is not up to them. We should have learned through this epidemic that playing football is a right, not a right.

This is why the Big Ten was postponed, which is why it reconsidered a fall season: science. Daily testing with rapid, point-of-care testing makes it possible. Everyone else is just talking.

And now, a celebration.

“Were we better today than yesterday? Are we better today than 42 days ago?” Warren asked. “The answer is, disproportionately, yes.”