The big ten are left. Almost.
The Milwaukee Sentinel Journal reports a “proposal has been approved for the league to play its 2020 season this fall.”
The launch date is unclear, but the latest proposal submitted to the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors included a kickoff on October 17. Each team must play eight matches in a nine-week window, with the league title game tentatively set for December 1
However, the Sentinel Journal report comes with a big caveat: no vote is believed to have taken place.
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The Big Ten postponed all fall sports, including football, on August 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic. At the time, the vote was among the ten largest councils of presidents and chancellors 11-3 for a shutdown.
But since then, there has been momentum for the conference to reverse its decision with Nebraska and Ohio State at the helm.
The Big Ten’s council of presidents and chancellors received a presentation from the conference’s return to play medical subcommittees Sunday, a person with knowledge of the situation told NJ Advance Media. The presentation came after a steering group of eight campus leaders, including Rutgers President Jonathan Holloway, pushed the subcommittee forward to the entire council.
There is growing optimism within the conference that progress in rapid COVID-19 test availability and efficiency could enable the Big Ten to start in October, according to two people with knowledge of league issues, but – as with the decision of 11 August to continue autumn sports – the final decision lies with the Chancellors and Presidents.
(NJ Advance Media’s James Kratch contributed to this report.)
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