Will all 14 B1G teams play if fall season is reinstated? That's a big conversation right now
Will the B1G play this fall? And, if the conference reinstates the season, will all of the league’s 14 teams participate this fall?
Those are the two biggest questions in college football right now. And there’s some conflicting information on the second question.
Sunday night, Stadium’s Brett McMurphy reported that, if the B1G does reinstate a fall schedule for 2020, all schools will be participating. However, Monday morning, Dan Patrick reported that a handful of teams — including Michigan and Michigan State — may be opting out.
Below is McMurphy’s tweet, as well as the segment from Patrick’s show:
If Big Ten presidents/chancellors vote to play football in the fall, then all B1G schools will play, sources told @Stadium. Earlier reports indicated if presidents voted to play, some B1G schools might opt not to play, but that will not be the case, source said
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) September 14, 2020
DP on B1G: "The Presidents and Chancellors will vote today. Mich. probably not going to play, Mich. St. not going to play, Maryland's probably [won't] play. But you're going to get Nebraska, Iowa, Purdue, Indiana, Ohio St. Wisconsin wants to play but may not be able to." pic.twitter.com/6QiusRB5t1
— Dan Patrick Show (@dpshow) September 14, 2020
Those conflicting reports essentially sum up this jumbled mess in the B1G. From the start, the conference has lacked transparency and refused to communicate with even its athletic directors and coaches.
Over the weekend, the 14 B1G presidents and chancellors met with a medical subcommittee and the Return to Competition Task Force with new information providing hope for a fall football season. However, no vote was taken on Sunday.
A lot of questions still remain. Hopefully we’ll have more information sooner rather than later.