The Big 10 Conference council of presidents voted unanimously to restart the football season on October 24.
Significant steps and protocols in screening the athletes including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and a data-driven approach helped make the decision possible.
The Big Ten will mandate all students, coaches, trainers and field staff to undergo the testing.
“From the onset of the pandemic, our highest priority has been the health and the safety of our students. The new medical protocols and standards put into place by the Big Ten Return To Competition Task Force were pivotal in the decision to move forward with sports in the conference,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President, and Chair of the Return to Competition Task Force Steering Committee. “We appreciate the conference’s dedication to developing the necessary safety procedures for our students and the communities that embrace them.”
The season will include all 14 teams, consist of 8 games and the Championship will be played on December 19, 2020. The four College Football Playoff teams are picked the following day.
By: Dan Gray