The Big Ten is playing football this fall. What changed? It all came down to updated medical reports. Those who provided that report take ESPN inside the meeting with Big Ten presidents that changed everything.
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- Sources: No vote taken as Big Ten meets again
- Sources: Big Ten revote on football possibly Sun.
- Sources: B1G group to show new testing options
- Rutgers prez calls Trump remarks 'cheap politics'
In case you haven't heard, the Big Ten is returning. Here are the early storylines worth watching.
The CFB Pod: The Big Ten is BACK! The guys examine how the conference went from postponing its season to an eight-game schedule start in October
David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi kick off the podcast with Adam Rittenberg after the breaking news of the Big Ten playing an eight-game season starting October 24. The guys get into how rapid testing was the game changer in the conference’s decision, the lack of flexibility with the shortened timeline of the season and if players will consider opting back in. Then, Pollack and Negandhi discuss how the Big Ten screwed this whole thing up, why the Pac-12 is even more behind in college football, how the conference stacks up behind Ohio State and D’Eriq King looking ready to scare ACC defenses.
Teams, players and coaches share their excitement on the October return of Big Ten football.
The Big Ten's presidents and chancellors did not vote Sunday on whether to start the fall football season after hearing updated medical information and other presentations on a potential return to play, sources told ESPN.
The medical subcommittee of the Big Ten return to competition task force met with eight presidents and chancellors of conference universities, and a revote on when to start the fall football season could possibly take place Sunday, sources told ESPN.
The Big Ten medical subcommittee will present new testing programs Saturday to a subcommittee of conference presidents and chancellors, outlining options that weren't available last month when the Big Ten postponed the 2020 season, sources told ESPN.
Rutgers president Jonathan Holloway said President Trump's involvement in the Big Ten's situation will not impact his decision on when the conference's sports should resume.
Political leaders from six states sent a letter Tuesday to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and the league's presidents and chancellors, urging the conference to reconsider its postponement of the 2020 football season.
A group of Big Ten football parent associations on Wednesday sent an open letter demanding information around the league's decision to postpone the fall football season and a "structured discussion" with first-year commissioner Kevin Warren.
Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 23 preseason All-Americans not slated to play this fall.
CFB Pod: University presidents have gone silent; how are UNC and Notre proceeding after COVID spike on campus; parents converge on Big Ten HQ
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast discussing David’s optimism that the season will get off the ground, athletes already making sacrifices to play pre-pandemic, the podcast they recorded but had to scrap, university presidents going quiet and how college football should crown a champion. Next, Andrea Adelson hops on to talk about how North Carolina and Notre Dame are handling preparations for the football season with spikes in coronavirus cases on campus (32:24). Finally, Adam Rittenberg calls in from the Big Ten headquarters after hearing from parents who are speaking out against the conference’s decision to postpone the season (44:40).
For all the free-agent fans who won't have a Big Ten or Pac-12 team to root for this fall, we're here to help you out.
Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said Friday that at least 30 football players have tested positive for the coronavirus since the team returned to campus in mid-June.
The Big Ten Conference has decided to postpone all fall sports, including football, and will look to play those sports in the spring.
The CFB Pod: The latest on UConn canceling its season, the new Big Ten schedule, players opting out and the Pac-12 player unity group
Kevin Negandhi spins the wheel of college football news, first with Heather Dinich as they discuss UConn canceling its season, the Big Ten revising its schedule to accommodate teams potentially quarantining, the role of the NCAA Board of Governors and if this is the the start of the Power Five schools breaking off from the NCAA (1:07). Then, Adam Rittenberg joins the podcast to talk about #BigTenUnited, how #BigTenUnited differs from the Pac-12’s player unity group, the potential for more NFL-caliber players to opt out of the season and the Pac-12 planning a loan program to rescue athletic departments if the season doesn’t happen (14:56). Later, Harry Lyles Jr. goes deep on the Pac-12 players’ demands for the conference and the “blueprint” they’ve created (28:00).
Following the lead of their peers in the Pac-12, Big Ten players have formed a unity group to address athlete concerns.