Published: Fri, September 18, 2020
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Big Ten changes course, aims for October start to football season

Big Ten changes course, aims for October start to football season

"In a flawless world, I think you'd like to say, 'Who's in is in, '" Franklin said, when asked if he knew of other players on his roster that would pass up playing this season.

But without one body making one set of rules for everyone, college football carries on as a reckless Petri dish in the midst of a pandemic that already has claimed almost 200,000 American lives.

Early Wednesday, the Big Ten grabbed headlines by changing course and agreeing to set an an eight-game football schedule that would start the weekend of october 24. The cost of the extra COVID-19 testing also will be a factor.

Alvarez said those matchups could be tweaked to avoid rematches of regular-season games. So I just think we just have to approach it that way. Then, as if giving himself plausible deniability, he added, "I'm not a doctor".

Buckle in. Without a schedule for the upcoming season, let's plunge ahead. The school wouldn't reveal how many of those players, which included seven starters, were held out after being stricken with or exposed to COVID-19.

Among those challenges, on Tuesday, Penn State reported 458 new positive coronavirus tests. But now they're back in'll just make it even better.

- Austin Peay probably wishes it had called off its first game.

Equipment for the testing is scheduled to arrive at each school before the end of the month but staff members have to be trained on administering the tests. He botched a couple of snaps and the Governors lost on a last-minute score.

Its plan allows for both a conference title game and a potential spot in the College Football Playoff.

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott released a statement Tuesday saying the conference has not been given the go-ahead by state officials in California and OR to begin preparing for a football season.

If a player does test positive, they must quarantine for at least 21 days before returning to the team.

Two of Ohio State's best players - offensive lineman Wyatt Davis and cornerback Shaun Wade - announced in the last week they were opting out this season to prepare for the National Football League draft. "That's all behind us. The players have a whole different mindset right now and we're banking on that to help us be more vigilant in our personal lives when we leave the building".

Leading up to the original August 11 cancellation decision, the Big Ten's presidents and chancellors reportedly voted 11-3 to pause the season, with Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa voting against the stoppage. Most assuredly, it came wrapped in dollar signs. A Chief Infection Officer (CInO) will be named at every school and will monitor "team test positivity rate and population positivity rate" to determine whether a team will continue to practice and play or enter a quarantine period.

Dr. Leslie Cooper, who chairs the cardiovascular department at the Mayo Clinic in Florida, said the Big Ten's cardiac registry can potentially close a gap in research when it comes to the new coronavirus.

While the Big Ten's decision came with some rigorous testing guidelines, that doesn't apply to the rest of the student body. "We're going to have to continue to make great choices, not only as a football program but also away from the football program in our behavior as coaches and student-athletes".

"Even with schools that have had issues".

Still, there would've been a handful of players who would've likely opted to begin preparations for a professional career rather than log more time in college and play in an unprecedented spring college football season. "The difficulty is outside of our so-called controlled bubble".

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