Report: B1G committee gets 'one shot' to get presidents on board with return to competition plan
This might be the most important weekend in the history of the B1G. With the conference’s Return to Competition Task Force meeting with the B1G Steering Committee — which consists of eight university presidents — there’s an incredible amount of pressure to prove that football can be played safely this fall.
According to ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, there’s only one shot to get it right.
ESPN’s Heather Dinich and The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman both reported that the Return to Competition Task Force is meeting on a Zoom call with eight university presidents on Saturday, going over safe plans to return to play this fall with new medical information available.
While Feldman said that there’s a lot of optimism around the B1G right now, it’s still far from certain that a plan will be approved. And even if it is, Dinich reported that a return to fall football won’t likely come until at least mid- or late-October.
“One other point from several sources,” Rittenberg tweeted, “The B1G’s medical subcommittee has one shot to sway the presidents/chancellors toward resuming play. This isn’t going to be revisited over and over throughout the fall. Upcoming presentation will be thorough. Will it be enough? We’ll see.”
Dinich also reported that, if Saturday’s conference call goes well, there’s a chance that the Steering Committee calls for all 14 presidents/chancellors meet as early as Sunday to re-vote on a fall season. Nine votes in favor of resuming a fall season would be needed in order to reverse the B1G’s decision.
Buckle up. It’s going to be an interesting weekend in B1G country.