B1G Presidents Vote Unanimously to Start Football Season October 24th


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--Big Ten Football is back.

The conference announcing Wednesday morning that the member Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to begin the 2020 football season the weekend of October 23rd and 24th.

The conference's Council of Presidents and Chancellors adopted a plan that requires all players, coaches and other staff that will be on the field on game day to undergo daily COVID-19 antigen 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 Dr. Jim Borchers, Head Team Physician, The Ohio State University and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee.

The teams will play an 8-game schedule, with a plan to have a conference championship game.

The conference decided on August 11th to postpone all fall sports, including football, for 2020. That vote was 11-3, with Ohio State, Iowa, and Nebraska opposed.

In the meantime, Buckeye underclassmen Shawn Wade and Wyatt Davis decided to skip the 2020 season, and declare themselves eligible for the 2021 NFL Draft.

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