Iowa AD says it would take a 'miracle' for B1G to schedule October start date
If you believe in miracles, then you don’t have to rule out the prospect of the B1G season beginning in October yet. If you’re not a believer, then it may be time to move on.
While speaking with the media on Thursday, Iowa athletic director Gary Barta indicated that he’s not aware of any vote among the B1G presidents that’s scheduled for this week, despite rumors that the decision-makers are reconsidering a return to fall football. While it’s still possible the conference returns to competition before the calendar flips to 2021, Barta said it would take a “miracle” for the conference to begin in October.
Earlier this week, it was reported by the Dan Patrick that the B1G was eyeing a potential Oct. 10 start date. It’s considered to be the latest the conference could reinstate the fall schedule and still be eligible for the College Football Playoff.
Iowa athletic director Gary Barta says he's not aware of any pending vote by Big Ten presidents to reconsider fall football. Says it would take "miracle" to be able to start a season by October, but the goal is to return to play as safely as possible
— MarkEmmert (@MarkEmmert) September 3, 2020
Barta said, per Mark Emmert of the Des Moines Register, the primary goal is to return to play as safely as possible. He says athletic directors in the conference are working tirelessly to find a path forward.
Since the B1G canceled the fall football season, it’s been tossing around scheduling models with dates beginning in early January, mid January and post-Super Bowl. The idea of beginning the year Thanksgiving week has also been discussed.
While it doesn’t seem that October has been ruled out entirely, it seems pretty unlikely at this time.