Two days after the Big Ten presidents and chancellors met to review information about a possible fall football season, University of Nebraska System President Ted Carter was surprised by a hot microphone saying an announcement will arrive on Tuesday more. late.
Carter was speaking with Bob Hinson, director of the National Strategic Research Institute, before a press conference Tuesday in Lincoln, Nebraska.
“We are preparing to announce the Huskers and the Big Ten football tonight,” Carter told Hinson, in a video released by KETV television in Omaha.
“Oh really?” Hinson replied. “I heard it was happening. There’s a lot of anticipation about it. Good for you. Maybe this will get you off the plate.”
Carter replied: “Well, he never will, but it’s a good move in the right direction.”
Carter, who is not one of the 14 presidents and chancellors who will vote on the decision, was later asked about the conversation he had with the hot mic.
“I think it got caught a little bit out of context,” Carter told KLKN television. “All I have said is that there is work in progress and we remain cautiously optimistic, like everyone else, that we will find out when it is safe to play.”
The Big Ten could not immediately confirm that an announcement would come later Tuesday.
The entire council of presidents and chancellors of the league met for several hours on Sunday afternoon with members of the return to competition task force, who reviewed the latest medical information on a safe resumption of play during the coronavirus pandemic. as well as plans for programming and television. The task force’s medical subcommittee also met with eight presidents or chancellors on Saturday, including Ronnie Green, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Sunday’s match did not lead to a vote on whether to start the fall football season.
The Big Ten on August 11 postponed all fall sports seasons, including football, due to concerns over the pandemic. The league presidents and chancellors voted 11-3 for the postponement, with only Nebraska, Ohio State and Iowa choosing to proceed. A vote to play a fall season would require at least 60% of presidents and chancellors (nine or more).
Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank, in a videoconference Monday with reporters, said the league “will move forward together” on whether or not to play football.
“This isn’t going to be a school-to-school thing,” said Blank.
Void, speaking at a U.S. Senate hearing on Tuesday on the future of college athlete compensation, said the Big Ten will continue the postponement until questions about testing, contact tracing and issues can be answered. related to COVID-19.
The Big Ten Medical Subcommittee, which is co-chaired by Dr. Jim Borchers, Ohio State team chief physician and Penn State Athletic Director Sandy Barbour, outlined plans that included not only new testing possibilities, but also latest information on myocarditis, a viral inflammation of the heart muscle and other conditions found in athletes who have recovered from COVID-19.
The league is exploring at least four fast-response antigen testing options that could allow teams to test COVID-19 on a daily basis and significantly reduce the amount of contact tracing needed, sources said. The Medical Subcommittee includes core team physicians from Northwestern, Indiana, and Maryland as well as experts in sports medicine and infectious disease.
Sunday’s presentation also expanded beyond the medical component to include more details on how and when the Big Ten could start the season, along with the possible dates and medical thresholds each team must meet to return.
A potential start date of October 17 is a questioned option, according to sources, and would likely allow Big Ten teams to complete a regular season of eight or nine games before College Football playoff selections are made.
Six Big Ten teams have appeared in the AP’s preseason poll, including Ohio State’s # 2 and Penn State’s # 7.