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Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all.
Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sportsto spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, theconference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to begin itsseason the weekend of Oct. 24. Each team will have an eight-gameschedule.
The Big Ten said its Council of Presidents and Chancellors votedunanimously Tuesday to restart sports. The emergence of dailyrapid-response COVID-19 testing, not available when universitypresidents and chancellors decided to pull the plug on the season,helped trigger a re-vote.
The Pac-12 recently announced a partnership with a diagnostic labthat will give the conference’s schools the capacity to testathletes daily. The Big Ten believes it can do the same and that itis a game-changer.
The move came amid sharp pressure from coaches, a lawsuit fromplayers and pressure from parents and even President Donald Trumppushing for a Big Ten football season. The conference is home to anumber of battleground states in the November election.
***Story courtesy of Metro News Source***