On Sunday the Big Ten presidents were presented with a comprehensive plan to lead a fall football season, but a final decision is yet to come.
A person with first-hand knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the entire Council of Presidents and Chancellors heard all subcommittees of the conference’s Return to Competition Task Force over the span of 2.5 hours. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the Big Ten was not making public their return to race plans.
The person said the meeting broke up with no presidents and chancellors voting and no fixed plans for their reconvocation.
However, if they act quickly, the Big Ten could start as early as the weekend of October 1
The medical portion of the presentation focused on what has changed since the conference postponed its entire fall sports season on August 11 due to concerns about COVID-19 and how football can be played safely. The emergence of daily rapid response COVID-19 tests, unavailable when university leaders have decided to pull the plug from the season looms.
If the Big Ten can start by the end of October, an eight-game season and conference league match in mid-December is still possible. That program could set the Big Ten teams to be part of the College Football Playoff.
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