Trump congratulates Big Ten, tells Pack-12 ‘getting’


President Trump celebrated the return of the Big Ten College Football Conference as it worked to combat coronoviruses, and vehemently told the Pac-12 that it was “going.”

“I want to congratulate Big Ten football. It’s back,” Trump said during a press conference on Wednesday. After its withdrawal, Trump publicly pressured the convention, which mainly includes Midwestern teams, and even spoke directly with Commissioner Kevin Warren.

“I would like, in particular, I am working with him, thanks to Commissioner Kevin Warren for the great work he did. We have been working with him for a while … I told the commissioner a few weeks. First called. And we really started pushing a lot, openly, because there was no reason for it not to come back. And Kevin worked very hard to go in. I want to thank the players, coaches for working with me . And they wanted it. It’s too bad. Players and coaches, especially, parents too. ”

He particularly thanked White House Adviser Tim Patki for working with Warren on this issue.

After issuing postage stamps for coronaviruses in the first session of the annual session of 2020 in a big way

In a release on Wednesday, the conference said that the President and the Council of Vice Chancellors were unanimous in the decision to resume the Games. To prevent the spread of the virus, the conference requires student-athletes, trainers and trainers to receive daily antigen tests, while students who test positive must undergo extensive cardiac testing and only at least 21 from positive diagnosis Can come back after days. .

In August the Big Ten and Pac-12, along with three other major college football leagues, advanced to other Power Five conferences. The games have started with the Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference last week. The Southeastern Conference begins play September 26.

“I want to recommend that the Pac-12 is also underway, because the Pac-12 should no longer play,” Trump said of the West Coast Conference.

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“And maybe they’ll start at least partially, I recommended to Kevin and the others today that maybe you want to start with 25% of the stadium or maybe you want to start with an empty lot, I don’t know.” Looks like they can go fan, clearly, but they want to be careful, they want to be safe, and they will be safe. ”

Trump continued: “He’s got a very good testing process for players, coaches, families, etc. and that’s why I just want to congratulate the Big Ten. It’s going to be great, we’d love to see it. And.” Again, I want to recommend Pac-12, now you’re the only one. Open up, open Pac-12, going, ”he said.

Earlier this month, Pac-12 announced a trial partnership stating that it would help reduce the spread of the virus. However, it also stated that “any return to competition is subject to expected approval from public health officials.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.