B1G announces COVID-19 forfeit policy for 2021-22 season
Five days until the first B1G football game is scheduled to kick off, the conference has released its policy for situations in which COVID-19 impacts an athletic contest.
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Monday morning, the conference released a statement addressing its policy for games that cannot be played because of issues with the virus. If one team cannot participate, that squad will forfeit and it will be considered a loss in the conference standing.
If both teams are unable to compete, the game will be ruled a “no contest.” Games will not be rescheduled, per the release. From the B1G:
In collaboration and communication with the Big Ten Conference Athletic Directors, Chancellors and Presidents, the Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and the Sports Medicine Committee – effective today – the conference has determined that if one of its member institutions is unable to play a conference contest due to COVID-19, that contest shall be declared a forfeit and will not be rescheduled. That contest shall be considered a loss for the team impacted by COVID-19 and a win for its opponent in the conference standings.
If both of the two competing teams are unable to participate in a scheduled Conference competition due to COVID-19 and as a result the competition is unable to occur on the calendar day on which it is scheduled, the competition shall be considered a “no contest.”
The first B1G football game of the season is scheduled for this weekend, with Nebraska playing Illinois on Saturday, Aug. 28. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on FOX.