Big Ten Will Resume Football On October 24; Swimming Update ‘Shortly’

Citing new medical protocols, the Big Ten Conference has voted unanimously to resume the college football season starting with the weekend of October 23-24.

Just over a month ago, the conference voted to cancel the fall football season, postponing competition to the spring of 2021. That was based on the coronavirus pandemic, which caused a number of top college conferences to postpone fall sports.

That vote, taken by the presidents and chancellors of the 14 Big Ten programs, was an 11-3 vote in favor of postponement. But today’s announcement from the conference says the 14 presidents voted unanimously to resume the football season on the weekend of October 23-24.

“The Big Ten will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing,” the press release says. “Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game.”

The conference has produced color-coded thresholds that will govern if and when practices or games will be halted due to positive case spikes:

Team Positivity Rate (number of positive tests divided by total number of tests)

  • Green: 0-2%
  • Orange: 2-5%
  • Red: >5%

Population Positivity Rate (positive individuals divided by total population)

  • Green: 0-3.5%
  • Orange: 3.5-7.5%
  • Red: >7.5%

Those rates will be based on a seven-day rolling average, with the following protocols based on the color grades:

  • Green/Green or Green/Orange: practice & competition continues as scheduled
  • Orange/Orange or Orange/Red: Team should alter practice & meeting schedule and consider rescheduling competition
  • Red/Red: 7-day pause on practice & competition to reassess

The decision only applies to football. But the Big Ten release does say that there will be updates on other fall sports and on fall competition for winter sports (including swimming & diving) “shortly.”

The SEC recently announced that swimming & diving could officially start its season on October 1, with limits that will mostly restrict the season to regionalized dual meets.

Update: a source tells SwimSwam that the University of Iowa emailed staff to confirm that even though football is returning, the program cuts (including swimming & diving) set for the end of this school year will not be reversed.

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7 months ago

Iowa a bunch of clowns🤡

Reply to  Coach
7 months ago

Wonder if they will consider keeping their swim team now that football will start ? Although they have to cover the #$!!-=# football coaches pay raises they received after they cut swim

Done Before
Reply to  CannonBall
7 months ago

Can everyone stop it bring up their salaries? The data doesnt lie. When your FB team is IIRC 12th nationally in revenue then you can pay them thst bc they are paying for it.

Those raises are built into contracts well ahead of announcements.

Again you want swim coaches to get paid like FB, then you find a way to get 80k plus fans to watch dual meets and donate 10Ms $ for the right to buy tickets to iso sick and tired of the ignorance here.

Like that one person. “Arent salaries paid for by State Taxes?!” WOW

Reply to  Done Before
7 months ago

Im sure other Big 10 schools football coaches also had similar contracts where raises are set out well in advance. But why then did we see other Big 10 football coaches taking voluntary pay reductions to help keep the athletics department from overspending in fear of not having a football season?

Your argument is that of only looking at one school and few programs. If we didnt have such direct comparisons with other Big 10 schools trying, then your argument would have better grounds. But it doesn’t in a larger context, such as we have right in front of us.

Reply to  Done Before
7 months ago

The mechanism doesn’t excuse the end result. Stop writing contracts with absurd bonus structures like that.

Nobody wants swim assistants to make 800k a year. We all want football coaches to NOT make that. Your argument is strictly economic and confirms the complaint that the NCAA is not a system to foster collegiate sport but rather to create revenue and profit for a select few.

Time For Barta To Go
Reply to  Coach
7 months ago

Yep. Iowa wanted those four cut teams gone – no matter what – including swimming and diving.

The university said as much both on their website and in public statements. “No amount of fundraising will change this decision, including fully funding the teams. This decision is final.” Now there’s a real high quality, publicly-funded university at work, folks. How shameful. Some sports and their people have been deemed less worthy, even if there is no cost to the school. The university simply doesn’t want them around.

Woke Stasi
7 months ago

Very good news! Sanity prevails! Best wishes to all you Big Ten football fans!

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Woke Stasi
7 months ago

SI’s Pat Forde hardest hit.

Reply to  Woke Stasi
7 months ago

Agree and didn’t #45 suggest this early on?

Last edited 7 months ago by CA_LAWYER
7 months ago

Does this mean Iowa will restore the programs it’s cutting? Lack of football was the reason they gave for axing them in the first place…

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  JaS
7 months ago

It’s not like they’re going to make a zillion dollars off of gate revenue, and the cost of all the cardiac screening, daily testing, additional salaries for chief infection officers, etc. is going to be considerable.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
7 months ago

The eternal optimist.

Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
7 months ago

Every school is different but Michigan State’s AD (athletics are self funded there) said today that they expect sports to break even this year, assuming no crowds at football and 3/4s expected revenue coming in from TV

Working Swim Mom
Reply to  Deepsouth
7 months ago

It’s still better than multi-million dollar loss, right? As long as they can keep the athletes healthy, that is.

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