Big Ten announces new COVID-19 protocol for games
If a Big Ten team cannot play a football game this season because of a COVID-19 outbreak or positive test, that team will be forced to forfeit the game.
ROSEMONT, Ill. (KLKN) — If a Big Ten team cannot play a football game this season because of a COVID-19 outbreak or positive test, that team will be forced to forfeit the game. The conference just made the announcement on Monday.
Here is the full statement from the Big Ten:
“In collaboration and communication with the Big Ten Conference Athletic Directors, Chancellors and Presidents, the Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Sports Medicine Committee – effective today – the conference has determined that if one of its member institutions is unable to play a conference contest due to COVID-19, that contest shall be declared a forfeit and will not be rescheduled. That contest shall be considered a loss for the team impacted by COVID-19 and a win for its opponent in the conference standings. If both of the two competing teams are unable to participate in a scheduled Conference competition due to COVID-19 and as a result the competition is unable to occur on the calendar day on which it is scheduled, the competition shall be considered a ‘no contest.'”
This also applies to other fall sports, like volleyball.
Nebraska’s season opener is set for this Saturday, Aug. 28, at Illinois.