A White House spokesman discussed how the conference could return to playing college football as soon as possible, after which Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warne telephoned President Donald Trump on Tuesday.
Speaking to reporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Tuesday, Trump said the meeting with Warren was very fruitful.
“I think it was very rewarding [the] The Big Ten is playing again and again, “Trump said.” Let’s see what happens. He is a great man. These are great conference, great teams. We are pushing hard. … I think they want to play, and the fans want to see it, and a lot of players are at stake, possibly including playing in the NFL. You have a lot of great players in that conference.
“We had a very good conversation, very productive, and we might be very surprised. They closed it, and I think they’d like to see it open, as well as many more.” Soccer that is being played right now.
In an early tweet on Tuesday, Trump indicated that the Big Ten plans to return to “a yard line”!
A Big Ten official said there was still much work to be done and stressed that league presidents and chancellors would have to approve any plan.
Sources told ESPN that several plans are being considered by the Big Ten’s Return to Competition Task Force – possibly in late November or early January, or the end of next spring.
“Nothing has changed,” a top ten source told ESPN. “Nothing. We have to get all the medical questions answered before we can get a plan back to the president for approval.”
A conference source told ESPN that no formal return plan has yet been submitted to the university’s presidents and chancellors for their approval. While Big Ten athletic directors and coaches want to play as soon as possible, the source said university presidents need to be reassured that the league can allay their concerns about the unknown effects of COVID-19 on myocarditis. And there needs to be a conference comprehensive testing protocol that ensures equal accessibility and practicality in each campus.
While the end of November has been a viable option to consider, the actual return of the big ten will depend on how quickly the Athletic Directors and Medical Advisory Group can present a plan to the President on the risks involved in their play. Will feel more relaxed. Coronavirus epidemic.
Citing the uncertainty surrounding the epidemic, Big Ten became the first Power 5 conference on August 11 to postpone football and other fall sports in the spring. Hours after that decision, Pack 12 announced that it was pushing the Autumn Games back into the spring.
Other Power 5 conferences – ACC, Big 12 and SEC – are still planning to play football this fall.
A spokesman for Pack 12 told ESPN on Tuesday that White House officials had not arrived to discuss the matter with Commissioner Larry Scott.
On Monday, Big Ten acknowledged that its presidents and chancellors voted 11-3 to postpone the fall season, and several sources told ESPN that Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State were the three schools that postponed the fall season. Had voted against. The league said the vote was for the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes.
“The Big Ten Conference and its Return to Competition Task Force, on behalf of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP / C), is blocking all resources to help student-athletes return to their sport. The safest and healthiest time, “Big Tan said in a statement on Tuesday.
Heather Dinich of ESPN contributed to this story.