Reports: B1G Return to Competition Task Force meeting with university presidents on potential restart
Are you ready for another twist in the B1G football saga? This time, there seems to be some good news regarding the conference’s potential plan to start the season.
Saturday morning, both Heather Dinich of ESPN and Bruce Feldman of The Athletic reported that the B1G Return to Competition Task Force will be meeting with eight university presidents on Saturday to discuss potential safe plans for a restart to the season. This seems to be the most promising development since the league postponed the season on Aug. 11.
“Sources are telling me that later this afternoon the B1G’s Return to Competition Task Force will be on a Zoom call with the Steering Committee — and the B1G Steering Committee is made up of eight university presidents,” Feldman reported on FOX. “They are going to work together on sorting out new medical recommendations for a potential restart.
“What I’m told is their medical committee feels like it has a better handle on the cardiac issue — myocarditis — they feel like they have testing protocols in place, they have worked through what they feel like they’ve learned over the last six weeks, since the [initial] vote. …There’s been breakthroughs on the testing front, and so they have to feel confident in these new rapid daily tests.”
"I think there's more optimism now on the Big Ten front than there's been in a long time."@BruceFeldmanCFB gives an update on the Big Ten's potential return this fall ⬇️ #BigNoonKickoff pic.twitter.com/iGUC3M8wLq
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On ESPN’s College GameDay, Dinich reported that, if things go well with the meeting, the eight university presidents could call for all presidents and chancellors to meet on Sunday and potentially hold another vote on the season.
The B1G would need 9 presidents/chancellors to vote “yes” on a season to get football back this fall. However, no specific dates of a potential restart have been mentioned.
Feldman also said that there appears to be “more optimism” in the B1G than there has been in some time.