Report: B1G pushing forward with Return to Competition process, Council of Presidents/Chancellors to meet Sunday
The B1G will be taking the next step in the process to return to play football.
On Saturday afternoon, Nicole Auerbach of The Athletic reported that the B1G Return to Competition Task Force’s presentation to the Steering Committee went well, and the conference will now move forward with the next step in the process. That means that the 14 individuals on the Council of Presidents/Chancellors will meet on Sunday and could potentially vote on a return-to-play plan.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, the council is expected to have a vote within the next 72 hours. A potential target date for the B1G to return to playing football has not been reported on at this time, though there have been mentions of a mid- to late-October restart date.
Source tells @TheAthleticCFB that the Big Ten's Return to Competition Task Force's presentation is over. It went well, so league pushes forward with the process. All 14 Big Ten Chancellors and Presidents (COP/C) will meet tomorrow and could vote on return to play then.
— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) September 12, 2020
Sources: The Big Ten presentation by the Return to Competition Task Force has ended successfully today. The full 14 Big Ten Chancellors and Presidents will meet tomorrow are expected to vote on return to play in next 72 hours. Today is the step before the step.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 12, 2020
The B1G was the first Power 5 conference to postpone fall sports, including college football. It’s currently one of four FBS conferences not playing this fall, along with the MAC, Mountain West and Pac-12.
Conversations about a return date for the B1G have included January, November and October. Various dates have been discussed, but there’s been no comment from the league regarding when it is looking to resume acitivities.
And there’s no guarantee that the council reverses its decision, as it needs approval from at least nine presidents/chancellors to reinstate the season. However, this is a step in the right direction.