The Big Ten will play football this season.
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.
So excited for Buckeye Nation and enthusiastically support unanimous @bigten decision to give our student-athletes an opportunity to compete in the sports they love this fall. Grateful to Big Ten colleagues, @OSU_AD, @ryandaytime, and all our coaches and athletes. Go Buckeyes!— Kristina M. Johnson (@PresKMJohnson) September 16, 2020
So, the Big Ten (1) doesn't have a built-in bye week, (2) has a 21-day suspension of play for players testing positive and (3) has a shutdown threshold of 5% positivity rate on a team.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) September 16, 2020
Hang on to your butts.
Stop making sports about politics, they demand as they badger the Big Ten to open football season to help the re-election bid.— Sam Stein (@samstein) September 16, 2020
So will the daily testing in the Big Ten be available to all students or just the ones who have entire economies built off their free labor?— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 16, 2020
Asking for the students who pay tuition.