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The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols and has voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020: https://t.co/b5yHShGb1D
The Big Ten football conference will reopen its season on the weekend of Oct. 24. The conference announcement comes after its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted in favor of proceeding with the 2020 season.
The leagues 2020 season will consist of eight regular-season games and six consolation games with a final Championship. The Championship game is set to be played Dec.19, which will make the Big Ten eligible for the College Football Playoffs.
Tickets for games will be off-limits for fans, but minor exceptions could be made for family members, professional scouts, and coaches to attend.
In agreement with proceeding for the 2020 season, schools in the conference will now provide daily rapid COVID-19 testing for returning players. Testing will start promptly on Sept. 30. Rapid testing will include enhanced cardiac screening and a data-driven approach in addition to testing for COVID-19.
In a statement, Dr. Jim Borchers, Ohio State University Head Team Physician said, “Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities.”
According to a statement released by the Big Ten Conference, each school will have a designated Chief Infection Officer (CInO) who is responsible for collecting data and reporting it back to the Big Ten Conference.
“From the onset of the pandemic, our highest priority has been the health and the safety of our students. The new medical protocols and standards put into place by the Big Ten Return To Competition Task Force were pivotal in the decision to move forward with sports in the conference,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/ Chancellors and Northwestern University President, and Chair of the Return to Competition Task Force Steering Committee. “We appreciate the conference’s dedication to developing the necessary safety procedures for our students and the communities that embrace them.”
In regards to any student-athlete who may test positive, The Big Ten will use the collected data to decide the fate of practice and games based on a seven-day rolling average. Brackets of acceptable infection rates have been put into place, including 2-5% in positive tests, preventions of continued spread will start. If the team goes over 5% and the team plus the coaching staff is over 7.5% infection, the tem will stop practice and competition for a seven-day minimum.
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