The Big Ten conference announced this morning that Big Ten football will return this fall amid the coronavirus concerns.
The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition. The COP/C voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020. The decision was based on information presented by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force, a working group that was established by the COP/C and Commissioner Kevin Warren to ensure a collaborative and transparent process.
The Big Ten 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. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through point of contact (POC) daily testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test.
In a statement released by Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos and Chancellor Ronnie Green both said:
“We are very pleased with the decision by the Big Ten to play football this fall after carefully considering the extensive work by the Medical Committee… This is a big day for our student-athletes, coaches, our city, our state and all of Husker Nation. We look forward to seeing Coach Frost and our Huskers take the field – Go Big Red!”
During a press conference this morning, Athletic Director Bill Moos addressed the decision by the Big Ten Conference to not allow the selling of tickets to allow any public to attend games. The AD said that they expressed their thoughts to the Big Ten that the decision to whether or not to allow fans to attend games in some capacity should be determined on a local level. Moos said they will now work on other ways to get Husker fans involved.
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