Apparently, this is a thing now.
The Big Ten’s council of presidents and chancellors will meet Sunday to review the latest medical information and possibly vote again on when the fall football season can begin, sources told ESPN.
The medical subcommittee of the Big Ten’s return to competition task force met Saturday with a smaller group of eight presidents and chancellors, who pushed the process forward for a possible revote as early as Sunday.
Saturday’s presentation focused on the medical information, but Sunday’s meeting will broaden the focus to include how to start, when to start, and the medical thresholds that must be met in order to return. Specific return dates are expected to be discussed, according to a source.
Six votes need to change from the initial 11-3 vote in order for the conference to proceed with plans to start a 2020 season. I doubt they’d be planning something like this without a decent indication that minds have been changed. But the logistics still sound like a bitch ($$).
… But multiple programs face obstacles, including Wisconsin, which announced on Thursday that its football program would pause athletic activities for two weeks due to its positive tests. That means the Badgers won’t be able to practice until Sept. 24 at the earliest. All of Maryland’s athletics activities are currently suspended as well. Penn State this week paused workouts for several unspecified teams.
All of which leads to a distinct possibility of half a loaf.
If the presidents vote to start the fall football season, the earliest time frame for kickoff would be mid-to-late October. A key factor is how quickly the conference determines a testing agreement and when supplies can be in place. Sources said it’s also possible not all Big Ten schools choose to play a fall season.
I’m not sure any of that matters, because the whole thing sounds like a delivery system to get Ohio State into the CFP picture. How that’s gonna work when the Big Ten plays fewer games than the ACC, Big 12 and SEC is a problem to be whined about down the road, I guess.
Oh, yeah — speaking of matters that are light-years different than before, here’s one that’s not.
One source added that the league’s television partners are supportive of an October start.
When they say it’s about the money…