After presidents meet, Big Ten football still in limbo

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The Big Ten's Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) will hear a presentation from the medical, football and. The meeting of presidents and chancellors follows the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force's medical subcommittee presenting on Saturday to the conference's steering committee of presidents and chancellors. The medical subcommittee, comprised of athletic directors, doctors and athletic training staffers, made a presentation to a subgroup of presidents and chancellors. The emergence of daily rapid-response COVID-19 testing, not available when university leaders made a decision to pull the plug on the season looms large.

The presentation will cover medical, television and scheduling plans for football, the person said. A vote to start a season is not guaranteed to be conducted Sunday but could happen in the coming days.

The Detroit Free Press first reported that Sunday's meeting would not end in a vote.

If the presidents decide to vote this week, Big Ten bylaws require at least 60% of member institutions - at least nine of 14 - to approve major actions. In that case, the Big Ten season would start in mid-October. While some Big 12 and Atlantic Coast Conference teams began their seasons Saturday, and more will next week, the Southeastern Conference is not scheduled to kick off until September 26. Big Ten presidents voted 11-3 to postpone the football season until spring, bringing some clarity to a key question raised in a lawsuit brought by a group of Nebraska football players.


The highest-ranked Pac-12 team, OR is one of three teams ranked from the conference, with No. 17 USC and No. 22 Utah also ranked and Arizona State, Washington and Cal receiving votes.

The conference and first-year Commissioner Kevin Warren has faced push back from inside and out ever since.

Meanwhile, students across the Big Ten have expressed concerns about health and safety on campus amid the coronavirus. Politicians, including President Donald Trump, have weighed in and eight Nebraska players are suing the conference to have the season reinstated.

The Ducks, who were No. 9 in the AP and coaches' preseason polls, were among the teams to drop entirely out of the polls this week due to their not playing this fall. Franklin's Nittany Lions were No. 7.

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