Big Ten football announces season beginning Oct. 24

September 16, 2020, 9:15 AM

The Big Ten college football conference plans an eight-game season, starting Oct. 24.

All players, coaches and others on the field for practices and/or games will undergo rapid daily testing before each practice or game, the conference said Wednesday. 

All 14 universities voted unanimously to participate. A schedule has not been set, but the Big Ten championship game is scheduled Dec. 19, just before playoff pairings are due to be announced. 

The decision comes after school leaders and the conference commissioner faced pressure to allow play, including from President Donald Trump. The conference initially canceled all fall sports Aug. 11, but other major conferences resumed their seasons on schedule.

Following the announcement, some students took to social media to complain that the university was prioritizing athletics over public health. They noted that students on campus are required to have Covid symptoms to be tested, and asked why rapid tests aren't available for them.

Read more:  Detroit Free Press

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