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(The latest) Big Ten football returns in late October


September 16th, 2020 by Ric Hanson

(Radio Iowa) — The Big Ten reversed course and will reinstate the football season. The move comes more than a month after the league cancelled its fall season. Protocols will include daily antigen testing for players and coaches and a positive test will sideline a player for three weeks. Positivity rates for a team or local community could force a team to shutdown for a week. Commissioner Kevin Warren


Warren and the conference has been heavily criticized after cancelling the fall season just days after it released a revised schedule in August and several coaches have been vocal the lack of communication from the top.


Warren says the ability to test daily was a big step in bringing back the football season.


An eight game regular season will begin the weekend of October 24 and will end with a ninth game against the other division the week of December 19th. It will include the Big Ten Championship game. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez led the scheduling effort.


Alvarez says the schedule should be completed by the end of the week and teams will have plenty of time to get ready for the season.


Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour says fans will not be permitted at games.


Ohio State physician Dr. James Borchers talks about the new testing protocols.