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Report: no vote, but progress made for return of Big Ten football

The Big Ten presidents and chancellors heard from medical experts on Sunday and reports say things are moving in a positive direction.

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Based on reports from multiple media members on Sunday evening, but first had by David Jesse of the Detroit Free Press, the Big Ten Conference is making steady progress towards restarting their football season this fall after three presentations were made to the chancellors and presidents of the B1G.

While there was originally some hope that a vote would occur on Sunday, that was apparently never in the cards but should be happening “soon.” Pete Thamel of Yahoo! Sports also reported that the proposed return date is October 17th, which would allow the Wisconsin Badgers, who have currently suspended all football activity due to COVID-19, to start with the rest of the conference and get preseason practices in.

It is also noteworthy that reports say the entire conference will play if the presidents and chancellors vote to restart the season. There have been strong words against playing from the leaders of Rutgers and Michigan over the past week, so it is interesting that the B1G wants to show conference-wide solidarity.

The players are still ready to play, although big time players like Ohio State’s cornerback Shaun Wade are still opting out of the season. We’ll see what happens this week!