Chancellor at Wisconsin says B1G will 'move together' with football decision
Whatever the B1G decides to do with the fall football schedule, it will be something the league does together. That’s what University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank says.
On Monday, Blank was meeting with reporters via a teleconference when she was asked about the ongoing situation with B1G football. And while there have been rumors floating that some teams may decide to opt out if the conference presidents and chancellors approve an October start date, Blank says that’s not going to happen.
“I will say we’re all going to move together in the B1G,” Blank said according to Jeff Portykus of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentine. “We’re all going to play or not if we possibly can. This isn’t going to be a school by school thing.”
#Badgers chancellor Rebecca Blank today during a teleconference when asked about B1G football: "I will say we're all going to move together in the Big Ten. We're all going to play or not if we possibly can. This isn't going to be a school by school thing."
— Jeff Potrykus (@jaypo1961) September 14, 2020
This weekend, B1G presidents and chancellors met with the medical subcommittee and the Return to Competition Task Force to discuss a safe plan to bring back the football season. October 17 has been reported as a target date, but there are other options also on the table for the conference.
Dan Patrick reported on Monday that teams like Michigan, Michigan State, Maryland and others may opt out of playing during the 2020 season if a fall schedule was approved. Blank’s statement seems to put that to rest.
Presidents and chancellors have not yet voted on a B1G season, but a decision is expected to come soon.