Big Ten on hold until questions answered

  • Big Ten on hold until questions answered

Big Ten on hold until questions answered

So, of course, Tuesday brought news that the Big Ten has re-re-reconsidered 2020 fall football.

In the conversation, Carter was heard talking to Hinson about an announcement coming on Tuesday night.

"Carter: ...we're getting ready to announce the Huskers and Big Ten football tonight. When such a decision happens, your first question should be 'what's changed?' Hopefully we will have answers to exactly the issues that I just raised". There's a lot of anticipation about that. "Maybe that will get off your plate".

Carter: Well, it never will. "All was said is that there is work going on and we remain cautiously optimistic".

As far as the specifics, we'll have to wait and see.

The league's entire council of presidents and chancellors met for several hours Sunday afternoon with members of the return to competition task force, who reviewed the latest medical information about a safe resumption of play during the coronavirus pandemic, as well as plans for scheduling and television.

Sunday's meeting did not result in a vote on whether to begin the fall football season.

As of noon ET on Tuesday, the Big Ten has not made any public declarations regarding Carter's comments or the idea that a vote to reinstate or keep sports postponed during the global health crisis is happening.

The development is the latest in a long string of them that, over the last couple of weeks, has endlessly suggested that games would be played after all before the end of 2020, even if an original vote by the Big Ten's Council of Chancellors and Presidents was initially 11-3 in favor of postponing back on August 11, according to a court filing in a lawsuit that pits the conference against a handful of Nebraska players.

There have been various reports about when a vote will take place, how it will turn out and if there could be some Big Ten schools that choose not to play this fall even if others do.

Meanwhile, Brett McMuprhy reports Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank said Tuesday the main reasons the Big Ten postponed the season is because of availability of testing and heart issues.

Blank also told reporters Monday the league would move forward with all schools participating whether it plays this fall or remains on the sideline. Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State voted against the move.

The league is exploring at least four rapid-response antigen testing options that could allow teams to test daily for COVID-19 and significantly decrease the amount of necessary contact tracing, sources said. The medical subcommittee includes lead team physicians from Northwestern, Indiana and Maryland, as well as experts in sports medicine and infectious diseases. No word, however, on an actual "when" for the Big Ten. There has been increased optimism inside the conference of a fall season that kicks off on October 17, according to two people with knowledge of the situation.

Six Big Ten teams appeared in the AP preseason poll, including No. 2 Ohio State and No. 7 Penn State.