The Big Ten is playing football this fall. What changed? It all came down to updated medical reports. Those who provided that report take ESPN inside the meeting with Big Ten presidents that changed everything.
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The full Big Ten football schedule is out, and this is everything you need to know, breaking down the biggest games for each team in the conference.
- Mich. Gov: Mask order for football may change
- Sources: No vote taken as Big Ten meets again
- Sources: Big Ten revote on football possibly Sun.
- Sources: B1G group to show new testing options
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office said it will talk to the Big Ten about the mandate, which covers organized sports in which athletes cannot keep distance "except for occasional and fleeting moments.''
In a sport whose champions have been defined by gray areas -- split titles, computer formulas and dubious retroactive claims -- this season could be more hotly contested than any, now that the Big Ten is returning.
After initially canceling its fall college football season, the Big Ten announced the conference will resume play starting the weekend of Oct. 24.
The CFB Pod: The Big Ten is BACK! The guys examine how the conference went from postponing its season to an eight-game schedule start in October
David Pollack and Kevin Negandhi kick off the podcast with Adam Rittenberg after the breaking news of the Big Ten playing an eight-game season starting October 24. The guys get into how rapid testing was the game changer in the conference’s decision, the lack of flexibility with the shortened timeline of the season and if players will consider opting back in. Then, Pollack and Negandhi discuss how the Big Ten screwed this whole thing up, why the Pac-12 is even more behind in college football, how the conference stacks up behind Ohio State and D’Eriq King looking ready to scare ACC defenses.
After declaring the conference would sit out this fall in football, the Big Ten had a change of heart. Here's how it all unfolded.
Teams, players and coaches share their excitement on the October return of Big Ten football.
The Big Ten's presidents and chancellors did not vote Sunday on whether to start the fall football season after hearing updated medical information and other presentations on a potential return to play, sources told ESPN.
The medical subcommittee of the Big Ten return to competition task force met with eight presidents and chancellors of conference universities, and a revote on when to start the fall football season could possibly take place Sunday, sources told ESPN.
The Big Ten medical subcommittee will present new testing programs Saturday to a subcommittee of conference presidents and chancellors, outlining options that weren't available last month when the Big Ten postponed the 2020 season, sources told ESPN.
Political leaders from six states sent a letter Tuesday to Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren and the league's presidents and chancellors, urging the conference to reconsider its postponement of the 2020 football season.
Greg Montgomery, an All-Pro punter who spent nine years in the NFL with the Houston Oilers, Detroit and Baltimore, has died. He was 55. Montgomery still holds the Big Ten record by averaging 49.7 yards per punt at Michigan State in 1986.
A group of Big Ten football parent associations on Wednesday sent an open letter demanding information around the league's decision to postpone the fall football season and a "structured discussion" with first-year commissioner Kevin Warren.
Since the Big Ten announced it was postponing its fall season on Aug. 11, coaches, players and parents have pointed their frustration toward new commissioner Kevin Warren. But is the criticism deserved? We take an inside look at a tumultuous few weeks.
CFB Pod: University presidents have gone silent; how are UNC and Notre proceeding after COVID spike on campus; parents converge on Big Ten HQ
Kevin Negandhi and David Pollack kick off the podcast discussing David’s optimism that the season will get off the ground, athletes already making sacrifices to play pre-pandemic, the podcast they recorded but had to scrap, university presidents going quiet and how college football should crown a champion. Next, Andrea Adelson hops on to talk about how North Carolina and Notre Dame are handling preparations for the football season with spikes in coronavirus cases on campus (32:24). Finally, Adam Rittenberg calls in from the Big Ten headquarters after hearing from parents who are speaking out against the conference’s decision to postpone the season (44:40).
For all the free-agent fans who won't have a Big Ten or Pac-12 team to root for this fall, we're here to help you out.
With so many conferences postponing their season, the truth is, many players might never put on a college football uniform again.
Whether or not you like the idea of spring college football, the logistics can work ... if conferences show the foresight and cooperation they've lacked over the five months since the coronavirus pandemic altered the sports calendar.