Big Ten changes course, aims for October start to football

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The primary entrance to Michigan Stadium is witnessed on the University of Michigan campus amid stories of university football cancellation, through the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), in Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S. August 10, 2020.

Emily Elconin | Reuters

Big Ten is likely to give slide soccer a shot after all.

Less than five weeks right after pushing soccer and other slide sporting activities to spring in the title of player safety during the pandemic, the conference improved study course Wednesday and claimed it ideas to start its season the weekend of Oct. 24. Each and every team will have an eight-game timetable.

The Massive Ten mentioned its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously Tuesday to restart sporting activities. The emergence of day-to-day fast-reaction COVID-19 tests, not out there when university presidents and chancellors made a decision to pull the plug on the period, assisted induce a re-vote.

The Pac-12 not too long ago declared a partnership with a diagnostic lab that will give the conference’s faculties the potential to test athletes day-to-day. The Big 10 thinks it can do the exact same and that it is a sport-changer.

The move arrived amid sharp force from coaches, a lawsuit from gamers and stress from moms and dads and even President Donald Trump pushing for a Big 10 football season. The conference is property to a variety of battleground states in the November election.