The Big Ten is back. About.
The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal report said the proposal has been approved to allow the league to play for the 2020 season this fall.
The starting date is not clear, but the latest proposal from the President and Chancellor of the Big Ten was published on 17 October. Each team is to play eight games in a nine-week window, with the league title game set to be temporarily set for December 19. This should allow a Big-Ten representative to compete for a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff arena. That area is scheduled to appear on 20 December.
The Sentinel Journal report, however, presents a major caveat: it is believed that no vote took place.
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The Big Ten postponed all falling games, including football, to 11 August due to the coronovirus epidemic. At the time, the vote was 11–3 in favor of a bandh between the Big Ten Council of Presidents and the Chancellor.
But since then, the conference has been building to overturn its decision, with Nebraska and Ohio being the state heads.
The conference’s return to play the Medical Subcommittee on Sunday led to a presentation by the Council of Presidents and Chancellors of the Big Ten, a person familiar with the situation told NJ Advance Media. The presentation took the subcommittee forward to the entire council after a steering committee consisting of eight campus leaders, including Rutgers president Jonathan Holloway.
There has been optimism inside the conference that a rapid COVID-19 test advancement in availability and efficacy may allow the Big Ten to kick in October, according to two league knowledge of the league, but – on August 11 of punting Falling Games with Decisions – The final decision rests with the Vice Chancellors and Presidents.
(NJ Crutch’s James Crutch contributed to this report.)
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