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The Big Ten presidents and chancellors are expected to announce plans for a return to football in the 2020 season, according to Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. While there is no official word from the conference yet as to what those plans are or when the announcement may come, indications are that the conference has indeed voted to reinstate football this year. 

Earlier on Tuesday, Nebraska president Ted Carter was caught during a hot mic moment saying that a vote by the Big Ten was going to come during the evening. Cater later said his comments were taken out of context

University of Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank added on Tuesday that "we will try to plan a delayed season" once previous concerns have been addressed. Until then, she said, Big Ten football will remain on hold. The conference initially canceled football for 2020 due to questions about COVID-19 testing and tracing, along with other longer-term heart issues.  

Read More: https://www.cbssports.com/college-football/news/big-ten-set-to-reveal-plans-to-play-college-football-in-2020-season-per-report/

 

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CFB needs more good teams to play. Period. Notre Dame should not be the 7th best team in the country. As things currently stand, you might as well put Clemson against Bama or some other SEC team in there for the title and skip all the rest (at least as it relates to the hunt for a title). The more teams that are competing, the better it is for college football this fall. Seems an announcement is imminent but we have thought that for a while now. 

Seems the PAC is still not that close to getting things going for the fall. 

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How's it going to work for bowl games and playoffs? Will the B1G have enough time to catch up? What's changed health/virus wise that has caused them to change their minds from before? Such a huge mess. 

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Not sure we needed a thread for this yet. Jay Po has been guessing the entire time and is running with the Nebraska president hot mic incident and his sources that hinted at a return to play a few days ago. Zero set in stone.

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6 hours ago, titansNvolsR#1 said:

How's it going to work for bowl games and playoffs? Will the B1G have enough time to catch up? What's changed health/virus wise that has caused them to change their minds from before? Such a huge mess. 

From what I understand, there are no bowl games, just the playoffs and yes, they'd finish a day before the committee makes their final rankings

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4 hours ago, beekay414 said:

Not sure we needed a thread for this yet. Jay Po has been guessing the entire time and is running with the Nebraska president hot mic incident and his sources that hinted at a return to play a few days ago. Zero set in stone.

This is true. For the non-Wisconsin people, Potrykus is a pretty weak source usually. I tend to wait until we see wider confirmation before buying something he tweets.

But, it seems like this one is legit.

 

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The comments here in reply to someone who actually had a clue about what was going on and not just flinging crap against a wall... gross

Also, I was told Michigan was definitely not playing and was holding things up entirely by very trustworthy sources, what happened

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Just now, winitall said:

This seems like a relatively good testing plan? Any thoughts on it @ramssuperbowl99, you seem to know about the science more than most. 

We only know a very small amount about it, but yeah based on their releases it you can see this is far more rigorous than what you're seeing in the other conferences. So that's good. To kind of go backwards, the problem that is intrinsic to CFB or other college sports is that unlike professional bubbles, you have kids who are going to be around not only teammates and coaches and training staff, but other students, professors, TAs, and everybody else employed at the university. They have to move around to go to different classes and everything, they aren't wealthy enough and many of them are single, so it's not like they can isolate themselves from running errands or doing their laundry or just having to be a normal young adult. Plus, let's be real, 18-23 year olds not getting paid in college are going to be far less compliant with social distancing than pro athletes. 

So the whole thing adds up to a lot more in-person, close interactions than the professional sports, and that has to be reflected in how rigorous the testing is. What we've seen with baseball and the NBA is that if everyone is disciplined, testing timing has become less sensitive because people can successfully isolate themselves. CFB isn't there.

 

And again, it's early, but I love the idea of cardiac testing and a centralized database. There are enough B1G athletes that dataset is going to be a gold mine. Hopefully we can start reverse engineering the notable biomarkers to start predicting subpopulations of athletes who may be at risk for cardiac events, or maybe we find out it's noise and the cardiac events aren't caused by COVID. Either way, we learn something.

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3 minutes ago, ramssuperbowl99 said:

We only know a very small amount about it, but yeah based on their releases it you can see this is far more rigorous than what you're seeing in the other conferences. So that's good. To kind of go backwards, the problem that is intrinsic to CFB or other college sports is that unlike professional bubbles, you have kids who are going to be around not only teammates and coaches and training staff, but other students, professors, TAs, and everybody else employed at the university. They have to move around to go to different classes and everything, they aren't wealthy enough and many of them are single, so it's not like they can isolate themselves from running errands or doing their laundry or just having to be a normal young adult. Plus, let's be real, 18-23 year olds not getting paid in college are going to be far less compliant with social distancing than pro athletes. 

So the whole thing adds up to a lot more in-person, close interactions than the professional sports, and that has to be reflected in how rigorous the testing is. What we've seen with baseball and the NBA is that if everyone is disciplined, testing timing has become less sensitive because people can successfully isolate themselves. CFB isn't there.

 

And again, it's early, but I love the idea of cardiac testing and a centralized database. There are enough B1G athletes that dataset is going to be a gold mine. Hopefully we can start reverse engineering the notable biomarkers to start predicting subpopulations of athletes who may be at risk for cardiac events, or maybe we find out it's noise and the cardiac events aren't caused by COVID. Either way, we learn something.

Shut up, science *****

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