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BREAKING: Big Ten presidents vote unanimously in favor of Oct. 23-24 start for college football season

September 16, 2020
Scenes from the 2020 football training camp.
Scenes from the 2020 football training camp. —
Photo by Courtesy of MSU Athletic Communications | The State News

After postponing the season Aug. 11 and dealing with a month’s worth of scrutiny, Big Ten presidents and chancellors voted in favor of restarting the college football season, with a targeted return date of Oct. 23-24 according to a release published by the conference on Wednesday.

Tuesday morning, Nebraska President Ted Carter was caught on a hot mic saying that the Big Ten was getting ready to announce the resumption of the season Tuesday night. That came into fruition Wednesday, with the presidents voting unanimously in favor of starting the season back up.

According to the release, the conference adopted significant medical protocols, which include daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and a data-driven approach when it comes to decisions about practice/games. All student-athletes, coaches, trainers and anyone else on the field during competition will be required to undergo daily antigen testing.

With the season set to begin just over a month from now, the Big Ten will be eligible to compete in the College Football Playoff. The ACC and Big 12 conferences started their seasons last weekend, with the SEC set to begin Sept. 26. The Pac-12 football season remains postponed for the time being.

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