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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Coach
10 months ago

Iowa a bunch of clowns🤡

CannonBall
Reply to  Coach
10 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
10 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

Questionable
Reply to  Done Before
10 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.

swimmerswammer
Reply to  Done Before
10 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
10 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
10 months ago

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

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Woke Stasi
10 months ago

SI’s Pat Forde hardest hit.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Woke Stasi
10 months ago

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

Last edited 10 months ago by CA_LAWYER
JaS
10 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
10 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.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

The eternal optimist.

Deepsouth
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 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
10 months ago

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

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
10 months ago

Anyone know how this will actually work? Will it just be a short season for them? Or will they extend the regular season into the holidays? And how does this work with the playoff?

John
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
10 months ago

8 games in 8 weeks. Big 10 Championship game 12/19.

dmswim
Reply to  John
10 months ago

That leaves no room for delaying games due to a team having too many COVID cases, which happened to the UVA-VT game set for this weekend. I don’t see how they are going to determine who gets to play in the championship of not everyone plays the same number of games.

Wethorn
Reply to  dmswim
10 months ago

Yeah, Big 10 has given themselves very little wiggle room to deal with outbreaks and game rescheduling. IIRC Big 12 has 3-4 bye weeks for every team that can be used to reschedule games.

But this decision is good. Olympic sports need the money from football, which pays for everything.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  John
10 months ago

hmm interesting. So is a big 10 team that only played 8 games going to be able to play in the playoff?? I imagine ACC teams playing 11 games won’t be happy with that.

SwimFan49
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
10 months ago

Cuts both ways, doesn’t it? A one loss 11-game season is potentially more impressive than a one loss 8-game season.

thezwimmer
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
10 months ago

It’s a good thing then that only one of the ACC teams ever has to worry about making the playoffs.

Guerra
10 months ago

Another bitter defeat for the Coronabros that wanted us to stay in our basement and cancel everything! As a swimming community, we should be thanking all the players, their families and the very people in the media (namely Clay Travis/Outkick The Coverage) that fought the Coronabros decision to cancel the season. If the Coronabros had their way, there would have been more programs getting canceled than just Iowa. I would like to think that the Pac-12 will come to their senses, but I doubt it. When you have a lack of leadership from high profile coaches like Bob Bowman, who fails to advocate for his sport for selfish reasons, there’s little hope for the future of swimming in the Pac-12.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

I wouldn’t speak too soon. 5% positivity rate shuts it down, and Orgeron just admitted that practically his entire team got it. Chances all games are played are about zero. Strictly a political play to placate guys like you. And that has been sooooo successful in battling COVID in the U.S.

Guerra
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

Football programs like Clemson and LSU had all their guys get the virus a while ago when they got back to campus so they’d have herd immunity and wouldn’t get sick and be a distraction during the season. So they are in the free and clear now.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

You mean herd mentality.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

Considering that we’ve tested more than any other country one would surmise that we would have more positives. Overall the US has done fine and you know sleepy Joe wouldn’t have done any better.
https://www.statista.com/statistics/1028731/covid19-tests-select-countries-worldwide/

Blackflag82
Reply to  CA_LAWYER
10 months ago

US – 4% of the world’s population, 20% of the world’s covid deaths.

But it’s all because we test more.

With logic like that I’m amazed you managed to pass the bar.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  Blackflag82
10 months ago

if you dug in to the data you would realize our PCR sensitivity tests are way too high (some as high as 45 cycles). Of course we will get more positives which will lead to more deaths. NYT recently said as many as 90% of our positives are false. Considering our funding for Covid deaths and how empty some hospitals have been, hospitals will keep playing the covid game if it means bringing $$$ in. CA_Lawyer is indeed correct. “with covid” vs. “of covid”. Go to rationalground.com for a good starting point blackflag.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
10 months ago

Blackflag82 reads 140 characters at a time 🙂

Blackflag82
Reply to  CA_LAWYER
10 months ago

Funny since your friend there is the king of twitter “facts” on this site

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  Blackflag82
10 months ago

NYT article. address the false positives. address the death counting (in maricopa county anyone who dies within 60 days of a positive PCR is counted as a covid death)

Blackflag82
Reply to  Hiswimcoach
10 months ago

Still with the whole with/of and “it’s all for funding” arguments? Yawn…come back when you have a fresh conspiracy to peddle.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  Blackflag82
10 months ago

At what point is it not a conspiracy? … protests around the world (London, Berlin, Serbia, Montreal). Some as many as hundreds of thousands. I guess your life isn’t uncomfortable enough yet. Meanwhile Jeff Bezos has gained billions in profit during the pandemice. Your choice to stick your neck in the sand if you want.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Blackflag82
10 months ago

The fact remains I did pass the bar and it wasn’t the bar you should have passed on your way home today.

Sam
Reply to  CA_LAWYER
10 months ago

Overall the US has done fine ” you mean the worst performance in the entire World, in every aspect is fine. Sure, that’s your impossibly low standard

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Sam
10 months ago

I don’t have a horse in this race but…..the argument is that due to more testing the numbers naturally go up and there’s also some question about how countries account for Covid-19 infections and deaths.

The infections argument makes complete sense the deaths is mired in controversy.

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

I’m actually impressed how you managed to trash Bowman while tying it to this article.

But on a serious note, I think BIG programs will still have financial difficulties. They will be down millions from lost ticket revenue (at a bare minimum, 7 home games down to 4 home games).

Guerra
Reply to  SAMUEL HUNTINGTON
10 months ago

Yes and you heard it here first. I predict Bowman will quit/retire after the Olympics and ASU will drop the swimming and diving program shortly thereafter. All they’ll have to show for it during Bowman’s tenure will be two 19th place finishes at NCAAs.

Maverick
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

19th place finishes is nothing to be ashamed of. A lot of athletic departments consider being top 20/25 to be a success.

thezwimmer
Reply to  Maverick
10 months ago

University of Washington didn’t. UCLA didn’t.

Last edited 10 months ago by thezwimmer
B1Guy!
10 months ago

Love my conference, but bad idea. They got it right the first time.

Guerra
Reply to  B1Guy!
10 months ago

Go woke…go broke… and lose your swimming program…

B1Guy!
Reply to  Guerra
10 months ago

Sooo stay stuck in our current ways an keep our heads in the sand? This type of thinking is the problem. But hey Merica! right?

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  B1Guy!
10 months ago

Or you can stay in the basement and let the rest of us get on with our lives.

Sam
Reply to  CA_LAWYER
10 months ago

you are happy to go on with your life and destroy the World with your president for ALL OF US which makes you irresponsible and ignorant

PsychoDad
Reply to  Sam
10 months ago

Well, Sam, what can you expect from a person who puts his profession in his screen name?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  B1Guy!
10 months ago

Can’t wait to see the results of the cardiac registry they’re developing. NFL teams will be feasting on those data. It’ll be the new Wonderlic score. 40 yard dash, vertical jump, bench press for reps, and echo to determine ejection fraction. Combine is going to be insane. But hey, if I don’t get drafted because I got to play on a Saturday in the middle of a pandemic, then all’s good. smh

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

Didn’t the NFL say there were zero cardiac issues that they’ve encountered just recently?

https://twitter.com/JohnKryk/status/1299400099332841473?s=20

But hey, keep up the hope it all goes terribly wrong, I guess? At what point do you actually want to accept the newer, actually measured/observed information, rather than the old, outdated, guessed at info?

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
10 months ago

Ok “Dr.” Ima go with the Sept 11 study in JAMA Cardiology rather than second hand, anonymous info from that most notable scientific journal — Twitter, ffs. 4 out of 15 Big 10 athletes with mild or asymptomatic COVID-19 tested with cardiac MR had findings consistent with myocarditis. 2 had pericardial effusions. If you don’t think NFL teams are not going to put any college players with COVID positive status through the cardiac olympics of testing, including cardiac MR, you’re delusional.

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

That’s an impressive find for a nurse.

Last edited 10 months ago by CA_LAWYER
B1Guy!
Reply to  CA_LAWYER
10 months ago

Well you’re just full of yourself aren’t ya. Let me guess you went to USC?

CA_LAWYER
Reply to  B1Guy!
10 months ago

No, I wouldn’t go to a CA school.

Hiswimcoach
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

still pushing that panic porn I see. You should be happy these kids get to play football. Nobody is making them play, there is ALWAYS choice

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

The same article that never actually had a control group? The same one that didn’t bother to check the same athletes pre-covid? Or check the non-covid-infected athletes? That one? The same one that already had one retraction? (note: JAMA has had quite a few retractions as of late…all that originally were studies used for the “OMG we’re all gonna die!” crowd).

Go ahead and “go with” whatever makes you happy, I guess. You’re dead-set on not really accounting for the full science in all of this (and most notably the more recent science coming out, as it goes against your narrative), but that’s your prerogative.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Ol' Longhorn
10 months ago

Maybe later if you they go obese . Seems the message is keep good social distancing between oneself & food .
.

@JakeShell
Reply to  B1Guy!
10 months ago

Wrong. We’ve been living in fear long enough. Let them play.

Justin Thompson
Reply to  @JakeShell
10 months ago

I never realized Steve was a small government guy 😂

DMH
10 months ago

The only thing that will save Iowa swimming and diving, tennis and gymnastics is a student athletic walk out. You can’t have an athletic department/programs without athletes! If the IOWA student athletes see the cuts of these programs for what they are… A direct attack on college athletics, having nothing to do with finances or COVID-19… They will understand that the next program that could be cut without explanation, without concern and with no accounting… Could very well be theirs! Athletes at Iowa… RISE UP and walk out!! Show the entire university system who really holds the power! Save your a fellow athletes from the unjust and cruel administration.

Last edited 10 months ago by DMH
meeeee
Reply to  DMH
10 months ago

asked to do that at Eastern Michigan and they refused. No support from other athletes. Not even the coach spoke up and he certainly could now that he is retired.

RUN-DMC
10 months ago

Not many games will be played. All it takes is a few false positives and the game is cancelled.

Do they have a test that distinguishes between someone who had Covid-19 and recovered vs. someone who has an active infection? I don’t think so.

Admin
Reply to  RUN-DMC
10 months ago

The infection test and the antibodies test are two different tests. If there is a single test that picks up both active infection and antibodies, I’m not familiar with it.

Xman
Reply to  Braden Keith
10 months ago

I asked my provider about the antibody test and he explained that all it shows is if there are antibodies for a coronavirus but not specifically Covid-19.

SwimFan49
Reply to  Xman
10 months ago

And the anti-body tests that are available may only tell you if you have had the virus. To my knowledge, it is not a reflection of whether or the extent to which you have immunity. Further, the antibody test doesn’t measure the ability of your T-cells to provide immunity. Short story – it ain’t all that useful.

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