Pres. Trump Pushing For Big Ten Fall Football, But B1G Officials Not Optimistic

President Donald Trump suggested today that the Big Ten is close to returning to a fall football season, but conference officials strongly disagreed.

This morning, Trump tweeted that he had held a conversation with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warrenand that the conference was “on the one yard line” with a decision to immediately start up football. ESPN reports that Trump told reporters the call was “very productive.”

“We’re pushing very hard. … I think they want to play, and the fans want to see it, and the players have a lot at stake, including possibly playing in the NFL,” Trump said. “We had a very good conversation, very productive, and maybe we’ll be very nicely surprised.”

But Big Ten officials offered media outlets a much different view.

“Nothing has changed,” one source told ESPN. “Nothing. We have to get all the medical questions answered before we can even bring back a plan to the presidents for approval.”

Yahoo Sports writer Pete Thamel wrote in a column today that his sources were even less optimistic.

“To say multiple sources denied the notion of the Big Ten playing immediately would not be strong enough. The sources heartily laughed at it,” Thamel wrote, saying Trump’s comments were intended to court votes in midwestern states.

The Big Ten postponed all fall sports amid the coronavirus pandemic. The August 11 decision made the Big Ten the first Power-5 conference to postpone all of its fall sports. At the time, the conference suggested that fall sports could potentially compete in the spring, if the pandemic improves.

More recently, ESPN reports that the Big Ten is considering several plans, with the earliest potential start date being late November. Warren doesn’t control the decision – that must be made, like the cancellation decision, by the presidents of the 14 Big Ten schools. No plan has yet been presented to university presidents.

Radio host Dan Patrick, who broke the news that the Big Ten and Pac-12 would be postponing, says the same source now tells him that Big Ten could be targeting October 10 as a start date, if certain safety measures can be met. That would be the latest date Big Ten football could begin and still be involved in the college football playoffs. But Patrick also says some schools may choose not to play even if the conference decides to start up in October.

The top division of college football is evenly split between conferences postponing fall sports (Big Ten, Pac-12, MAC, MWC) and conferences moving forward with fall sports (ACC, Big 12, SEC, Sun Belt). The AAC and Conference USA postponed all fall sports but football.

Elsewhere in the Big Ten:

Big Ten Postponed Fall Sports In 11-3 Vote, Per Yahoo

Nebraska football players sued the Big Ten over its decision, claiming the conference hadn’t followed its own procedures of holding an official vote for postponement. As that lawsuit moves forward, more information about the decision has come out. Yahoo Sports reports that the conference presidents voted 11-3 in favor of postponing.

Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio State were the three who opposed postponing, according to Yahoo’s report. Earlier reports had suggested Iowa and Nebraska were the lone holdouts.

Michigan Cuts 21 Athletic Department Positions

The University of Michigan announced today that it would be eliminating 21 positions within its athletic department. That’s in addition to the school’s hiring freeze, which it says left 15 unfilled positions since early 2020.

Notably, Michigan cited a “potential revenue loss of $100 million.” That’s the same figure that Iowa cited in its decision to cut swimming & diving along with two other sports.

Purdue announced last week that its athletic director, head football coach, and head basketball coaches would take 20% salary reductions and donate $1 million collectively to the school’s More Than A Game campaign. That’s in an effort to offset what the school estimates could be a $50 million budget shortfall in Boilermaker Athletics.

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8 months ago

Keep the B1G out of your mouth!

Reply to  B1Guy!
8 months ago

On the same day that Trump attempted to convince the country that he didn’t have a stroke… he also went off on a rambling diatribe about bags of soup. I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely convinced.

Hank Monroe
Reply to  Vic
8 months ago

As convincing as Joe not able to read a teleprompter or form a coherent sentence?

Reply to  Hank Monroe
8 months ago

Trump’s Halting Walk Down Ramp Raises New Health Questions

The president also appeared to have trouble raising a glass of water to his mouth during a speech at West Point a day before he turned 74, the oldest a president has been in his first term.

Reply to  B1Guy!
8 months ago

We’d rather have president Trump fight to bring back football than have more B1G swim teams get cut 🤡

ct swim fan
Reply to  B1Ggerguy!
8 months ago

Then please have him tell the truth for once. They are not close to doing what he said he wanted.

Hank Monroe
Reply to  B1Ggerguy!
8 months ago

Not these guys. They would rather all the programs fold if it meant Trump might look good.

8 months ago

Now you’re playing 4D chess

8 months ago

At least Trump made an effort to reach out. Biden is hidden away in the basement because his coronabro handlers refuse to let him out in public to show how far gone his mental capacities are. Remember, the coronabros are the ones that shut football down in the Big 10.

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