Big Ten Conference to Resume Football in Late October

Big Ten Conference, including Indiana University, intends to start the football season on the weekend of October 23rd-24th.

Posted: Sep 16, 2020 8:37 AM
Updated: Sep 16, 2020 10:18 AM

There will be a Big Ten football season after all.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24th.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Big Ten says that they have addopted significant medical protocols, including daily testing for COVID-19 and enhanced cardiac screenings. 

The Big Ten will require the daily testing from all student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and others that will be on the field for practices and games.

Back on August 11th, Big Ten announced a postponement of all fall sports, including football, due to health issues related to COVID-19.  While they were joined by the Pac-12, Mountain West, and Mid-American Conference, many other conferences went forward with fall sports with changes in place.

One of the health side effects includes the effects of COVID-19 on the heart.  With the new medical protocols approved, the Big Ten also announced that each school with establish a cardiac registry to examine the effects of COVID-19 positive student-athletes.

No word was said on the other fall sports that were also affected by the Big Ten's decision in August.

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