Report: Five B1G head coaches 'leading the charge' to play football by Thanksgiving
A group of five B1G head coaches are reportedly the ones pushing hardest to start the football season around Thanksgiving, according to a report from Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel.
This week, Jeff Potrykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that the B1G was discussing a potential move to Thanksgiving week to start the college football season. It had previously been reported by Blue and White Illustrated that the conference was eyeing an early January start time for spring season.
Per Thamel’s report, the five B1G head coaches pushing the hardest to start around Thanksgiving include: Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), James Franklin (Penn State), Scott Frost (Nebraska), Ryan Day (Ohio State) and Jim Harbaugh (Michigan).
So, primarily, the coaches at the most influential football schools in the B1G are pushing for a 2020 start date, even if it means beginning a season when everyone else — the six remaining conferences playing in fall — is finishing up.
While the idea is being discussed among B1G head coaches and athletic directors, it would still need approval from the conference’s presidents and commissioner Kevin Warren. That was the group that pushed for canceling the fall football season in the first place.
Right now, there are no concrete plans from the B1G on what the best course of action will be to start the football season.