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Report: Big Ten football could start soon…without all of their teams

As I type this, I am sitting on my couch watching Duke play Notre Dame (Duke leads 3-0 which is freaking awesome) in each team’s first game of the 2020 season.

But as I watch, I am sad. I’m sad because I was looking forward to another fun Big Ten football season. A season that was postponed all the way back on Aug. 11.

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Now, according to reports, we could end up seeing Big Ten football in 2020, but it may not include every team in the conference.

The Athletic is reporting that a Big Ten season which would start in late October is “not out of the question” and a restart date could be voted on as soon as Sunday.

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From The Athletic:

A Big Ten source told The Athletic on Thursday that restarting competition at the end of October is not out of the question, under the assumption that Big Ten campuses are outfitted with equipment to produce daily tests by the end of September. The source said the league’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) is expected to be briefed by the conference’s medical subcommittee this weekend and — if the group feels confident based on that information — could vote on a restart date as soon as Sunday. The source added that it is possible the league moves forward but individual schools still opt not to play in 2020.

The Big Ten indefinitely postponed its football season on Aug. 11, citing ongoing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. When explaining the decision, commissioner Kevin Warren said repeatedly that there were too many unknowns regarding potential long-term health issues to move forward. Testing access and capabilities, community spread and the pressure on the local healthcare systems (and delays at labs) all played into the league’s decision to postpone.

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