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President Trump, experts react to the Big Ten football return

The Big Ten is coming back. Here are some of the biggest reactions.

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The Husker Hounds sports apparel store in Omaha, Neb., shows on television screens Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, a Big Ten virtual news conference to discuss the reopening of the football season.

The Husker Hounds sports apparel store in Omaha, Neb., shows on television screens Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, a Big Ten virtual news conference to discuss the reopening of the football season.

Nati Harnik, Associated Press

The Big Ten will play football this season.

The Big Ten approved a proposal Wednesday morning to begin its 2020 season in October. Each team will play eight games within eight weeks, as the Deseret News reported.

The league championship will happen in December — one day before the College Football Playoff rankings are decided.

  • “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,” Dr. Jim Borchers, Ohio State head team physician and co-chairman of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee, said in a statement.

Multiple reactions filtered on social media. In fact, President Donald Trump praised the decision.

“Great News: BIG TEN FOOTBALL IS BACK. All teams to participate. Thank you to the players, coaches, parents, and all school representatives. Have a FANTASTIC SEASON! It is my great honor to have helped!!!”

Other reactions talked about the coronavirus testing that will be done, and what to expect with the upcoming season. There were also a number of reactions that spoke to the political ramifications of the Big Ten’s return.