• Nicholas Mazza

Trump Helps Brings Big 10 Football Back This Fall

On Wednesday it was announced that Big 10 football will return after being stalled, despite other college football conference’s returning. President Trump played a major role in getting Big 10 college football to return this fall. He had a conversation with the Commissioner Kevin Warren.

From USA Today:

Bowing to pressure from players, coaches and politicians, the Big Ten’s presidents decided Wednesday morning to move forward with an eight-game football season beginning on the weekend of Oct. 24, reversing their August decision to postpone the fall schedule and ending weeks of drama that spread from campuses all the way to the White House.

Citing new information presented by the league’s medical advisory board last weekend, including the imminent availability of rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 that can be administered on a daily basis, Big Ten presidents concluded they can safely conduct a football season, even as some of them struggle with infection rates on their own campuses. 

“From the onset of the pandemic, our highest priority has been the health and the safety of our students.  The new medical protocols and standards put into place by the Big Ten Return To Competition Task Force were pivotal in the decision to move forward with sports in the conference,” said Northwestern president Morton Schapiro, who chairs the Big Ten's council of presidents and chancellors.  The league’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors, a group of 14 leaders from each member institution, reportedly reached the necessary 60 percent threshold to reinstate football, reportsYahoo! Sports' Pete Thamel.

The debate has also drawn politicians into the fray, with President Donald Trump openly advocating for the league to play football this fall following a recent phone call with Warren. A group of 10 legislators from Big Ten states, all Republican, followed Trump by backing a plan to play. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat,voiced support for the Big Ten’s postponement.

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