Big Ten football to return in October
Big Ten football will return next month.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Big Ten officials hold a virtual press conference, discussing the upcoming fall season more in-depth.
Sandy Barbour, Athletic Director of the University of California, Berkeley, stated, “We are not going to permit fans in general or the sale of tickets.”
However, family members of players will be allowed into the stadiums.
It will be an eight-plus-one season, with the championship game scheduled for the week of Dec. 18th.
Why the ninth game? Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank said they, “wanted to make the season meaningful. Nine games was what we felt was very meaningful and very unique in how we are playing the ninth game. We’ll play our east-west division champions.”
However, nine games in nine weeks is quite a significant number of games following their decision to postpone the fall season altogether. Big Ten officials say they, “know that’s a significant number of games, staff made certain health and safety are at the forefront. If we need to adjust, we’ll adjust.”
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren commented, “The biggest thing is that we all have to realize this is a fluid situation. We wanted to make sure we put health and safety at the forefront. This is a situation we need to adapt… it’s a happy day for us in the Big Ten.”
All coronavirus testing will be done at the expense of the Conference.
But, the biggest question on everyone’s mind: Why was there minimal communication and transparency over the past few weeks?
“We wanted to make sure when we had information to share, we shared it,” said Commissioner Warren. “We’re passionate, we’re going to do all we can from health and safety, from a leadership standpoint.”
The Big Ten Conference officially announces the return of the fall season.
Conference officials now voting unanimously to resume the football season the weekend of Oct. 23 and 24.
They say they have adopted “significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach,” when making the decision.
The Conference will require student-athletes and all team staffers to undergo daily antigen testing. The results of which are required before proceeding with each practice or game.
Stated in their recent press release, Ohio State University Head Team Physician Dr. Jim Borchers commented, “Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities.”
Click here for the full press release.
Big Ten football will return next month.
ABC News confirmed the conference is expected to make the announcement Wednesday morning.
The decision was made after several days of debate among the university’s presidents and chancellors in light of spiking cases at colleges and universities across the country.
A start date for the season has not been publicly announced, but multiple national reports say it will be the weekend of Oct. 24.
No official announcement has come from Nebraska athletics officials or the University of Nebraska-Lincoln at this time.
Deb Fiddelke, UNL’s Chief Communication and Marketing Officer, told Channel 8 Eyewitness News on Tuesday: “When there is any news to share or confirm regarding any Big Ten board decision, it will be announced by the Big Ten. Chancellor Green and AD Moos will comment at that time.”
This is a developing story, we will continue to provide updates as they become available. Previous story below.
Speculation continues to swirl around the Big Ten football season Wednesday morning.
An announcement about the Big Ten and Husker football was expected to be made Tuesday night, NU President Ted Carter said in a whisper before a news conference.
“We’re getting ready to announce Huskers, Big Ten football tonight”, Carter said. That announcement hasn’t come as of 6am Wednesday morning.
Carter made the remark, which was caught on a hot mic by ABC affiliate KETV, during small talk at an unrelated press conference Tuesday morning in which NU was announcing a $92 million research contract with U.S. Department of Defense.
Carter was not heard saying whether a fall season would played or when a potential season might begin, or at what time an announcement would be made.
Immediately after the press conference, Carter told Channel 8 Eyewitness News his comment was misconstrued.
“I think that was picked up a little out of context,” he said. “All I said is there’s work going on and, you know, we’re going to remain cautiously optimistic like everybody and, you know, discover when it’s safe to play.”
No formal news conference or announcement has been scheduled at this time.
Memorial Stadium was lit of red overnight, starting speculation from fans and spreading that red glow to Twitter.
— Gene Benhart (@GBJr43) September 16, 2020
Chief Communication and Marketing Officer Deb Fiddelke released the following statement to Channel 8 Eyewitness News: “When there is any news to share or confirm regarding any Big Ten board decision, it will be announced by the Big Ten. Chancellor Green and AD Moos will comment at that time.”