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Big Ten college football to return in October after 'groundbreaking' safety steps

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Modified 16 Sep 2020, 23:30 IST
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The Big Ten has backtracked on its earlier decision to postpone college football into next year, with an October return now agreed.

The Big Ten was the first Power Five conference to announce last month there would be no further play in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, the conference revealed on Wednesday its council of presidents and chancellors had unanimously voted in favour of a resumption on the weekend of October 23-24.

It said all student-athletes, coaches and trainers, along with any other individuals on the field for practices and games, must undergo daily testing.

"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," said Jim Borchers, the co-chair of the conference's Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee.

All 14 teams are set to play eight regular season games in eight weeks in a shortened season, with the conference championship game following on December 19 in Indianapolis.

Published 16 Sep 2020, 23:30 IST
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