The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday that the game would begin on October 23 after a unanimous vote of school presidents and vice chancellors. Players will be tested daily for COVID-19, and any athlete who tests positive must be out of the competition for 21 days.
This decision had already been politicized to a great extent. Trump has repeatedly not allowed states and universities to learn and start football, with Republican lawmakers calling for the conference to resume and Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCoons supersedes Progressive Senate primary challenge in veterans of Delaware Biden courts amid Trump collapse from military disputes, Biden campaign manager wins for ‘more avenues’ Last month blamed Trump for the absence of football in a campaign advertisement.
The President won one on Wednesday, tweeting that it was “a great honor to help !!!”
The Trump campaign released a lengthy statement announcing that Big Ten football “has no small part in the leadership of President Trump, thanks”.
Sen Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest Grassletramp goes back aluminum tariff on Canada to issue interim report on Biden investigation in a week ‘more’ about Trump’s order on drug prices to eliminate GOP president’s line of long road Have to face. (R-Iowa) was among the GOP senators from states with schools in the Big Ten who thanked Trump for his focus at the convention.
It is unclear what role Trump played in the Big Ten decision. Trump was not mentioned in the Big Ten announcement, and league officials indicated at a news conference that starting the season was the result of advances in coronovirus testing and tracing capabilities.
The conference also faced pressure from players and coaches to restart the game and struggled with lost revenue while some other leagues pressured their season.
But Trump was a vocal supporter of bringing football back.
He spoke with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren on September 1 to discuss a possible resumption of the game, and he frequently mentioned conferences in interviews and news conferences while discussing the coronovirus epidemic.
“It was a productive call, and I’m always interested in who is willing to help at this level, they can help in this,” Warren said during his conversation with Trump. “So, there was a good conversation and a very respectful conversation, and I am glad to expect you to be sitting here to kick the football today, October 23-24.”
A senior administration official told reporters on a background call that the White House had made hundreds of additional calls over the past 15 days with athletic directors, players, parents, coaches and conference officials and that the administration had facilitated the resumption of play Resources offered for.
Senior officials would not say that the Big Ten acknowledged those resources and only called Trump’s call with Warren and asked what concrete actions the president had taken.
Trump’s determination at the convention is a sign of the electoral importance of his members: Schools in the battlegrounds Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Ohio all compete in the Big Ten. In contrast, Trump has been particularly silent about the absence of football in the Pac-12 conference, which hosts schools in California, Washington and Oregon in other states.
The president won Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin in 2016 by nearly 80,000 votes in total. He has been consistently mired in polls in Michigan, and a Wisconsin poll released late Tuesday showed him trailing Biden by 6 percentage points. The difference is narrow in Pennsylvania, where a CNBC poll earlier this month showed Biden a 4-point lead.
“The president wants to reopen everyone,” the senior official said. This is not just the case of the Big Ten or the Pac-12 or the Mountain West. He is ready to provide resources to anyone who reconsiders playing football. “
The Biden campaign released an advertisement in late August highlighting the changed sports landscape, accusing Trump of dealing with the coronovirus epidemic that said nearly 200,000 people had died in the US. The ad features images of empty stadiums and depicts “Trump sidelined America.”
Doug Haye, a former communications director for the Republican National Committee, said that Big Ten football and restarting football in general could provide a short-term boost for the president because it is a talking point to Democrats.
“So being removed is an advantage, but we should be careful not to overstate what it means politically,” Hay said, noting that fans would not be able to attend the games in person and college. Businesses in cities may still struggle between epidemics.
On August 11, the Big Ten announced that the football season would be postponed until the spring due to the epidemic. The decision and clarification caused frustration among many players, parents and coaches within the league, some of whom questioned why the conference did not wait to see if only to push the season until after the fall. It was possible to give.
Since the initial delay, the epidemic in the US has not improved much. The country is still experiencing hundreds of deaths from thousands of new infections and viruses each day, and positivity rates are rising in some states. America leads the world in reported infections and deaths.
Conference officials indicated speedy trials as the key to their reversal.
“Our ability to test and provide consistently and uniformly between conferences was really important, and I think we have been very comfortable with the idea that we will be able to provide daily rapid tests that will give us our students Will provide great oversight of the athletes, ”team physician Jim Borers for Ohio State University’s football team said at a virtual news conference.
There is concern about the health of the players. Several college football games have already been postponed to other conferences due to positive tests, and Louisiana State University coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that he suspects most of his team already has COVID-19 .
In the Big Ten, the University of Wisconsin and Penn State University recently stopped workouts for teams due to positive tests.
Former Clinton White House spokesman and former NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart tweeted, “The @BeJan once again shows how college athletics always employs situational ethics.” “I don’t know if the kids should play or not. But nothing has changed on the data, it really got worse, when they made the original decision. So why change?”