'There's nothing to that': Nebraska AD squashes idea that B1G looking at October start
It’s all a bunch of he-said, she-said in the B1G. And the latest individual to speak on the idea of the conference potentially pondering an October start date says that thought is just a rumor.
Shortly after President Donald Trump tweeted out that he had a “productive conversation” with B1G commissioner Kevin Warren, Dan Patrick reported that the conference could reinstate its fall football season, with a potential start date of Oct. 10. That drew plenty of optimism around social media, but Nebraska athletic director Bill Moos popped that balloon full of hope with a needle.
“There’s nothing to that,” Moos told Parker Gabriel of the Lincoln Journal Star. Gabriel mentioned that Moos is part of the subcommittee working on potential scheduling models to play football sometime in the 2020-21 academic year.
Reached via text this afternoon, #Huskers AD Bill Moos said of the Oct. 10 Big Ten start date rumor: "There's nothing to that."
Moos is part of a subcommittee that is looking into potential scheduling models as part of the league's return to competition group.
— Parker Gabriel (@HuskerExtraPG) September 1, 2020
The B1G made the decision to call off the fall football season on Aug. 11. Since then, Warren has issued a statement saying the conference will not revisit the decision and will start moving towards a spring schedule model.
However, eyebrows were raised when Trump fired off his tweet on Tuesday morning.
“Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football,” Trump tweeted. “Would be good (great!) for everyone – Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!”
Right now, it seems like the B1G is still working on a spring model. There’s an outside chance that the conference could potentially implement a schedule that that begins around Thanksgiving week, though that doesn’t appear to be the top option at this point.
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