It appeared that Nebraska had worked out a plan to host the University of Tennessee Chattanooga at Memorial Stadium this Saturday, after Wisconsin, which canceled their slated Saturday contest with the Huskers due to a rise in positive COVID-19 tests within their program.

Multiple sources reported that Nebraska planned to put a proposal to substitute a non-conference opponent before the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors on Thursday morning.

And the Big Ten said no.

According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which is the same outlet that initially reported the plan, the Council turned down the request, leaving Nebraska with an open week and the game against Wisconsin being ruled no-contest.

Chattanooga Athletic Director Mark Wharton confirmed to CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd that the Big Ten denied the request. On Wednesday night the entire UTC team tested negative for COVID-19 using PCR tests. He also confirmed the Free Press’ report regarding the compensation involved, and that UTC would have received between $200,000-$250,000 for the contest, not including travel expenses.