Big Ten football to return in October

Source: The Hill | September 16, 2020 | Joe Concha

The Big Ten Conference announced Wednesday that its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to resume football starting on Oct. 23. 

The conference said it “will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game.”

“Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Jim Borchers, Ohio State University’s team physician and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee, in a Wednesday statement.

“The data we are going to collect from testing and the cardiac registry will provide major contributions for all 14 Big Ten institutions as they study COVID-19 and attempt to mitigate the spread of the disease among wider communities,” Borchers added.

The decision was hailed by President Trump, who has pressed for colleges to allow football to go forward.

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