B1G Announces Restart Of Football Season
The Big Ten Conference announced on Wednesday that the 2020 football season will be resumed on the weekend of October 23rd-24th.
There will be strict, daily testing for the coronavirus for all coaches, players, and support staff throughout the entire process.
The conference said that the vote amongst the 14 college presidents was unanimous.
The league originally voted back in August to suspend all fall sports until the spring. But public backlash, along with pushback from coaches and players getting louder, the Big Ten changed its mind.
Here's a statement from Dr. Jim Borchers, Head Team Physician for Ohio State University and the co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee:
“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, the data we are going to collect from testing and the cardiac registry will provide major contributions for all 14 Big Ten institutions as they study COVID-19 and attempt to mitigate the spread of the disease among wider communities.”
Daily testing will commence on September 30th.