B1G Football is BACK! 9 (8+1) Games in 9 Week Window w/ Oct 23/24 Start Date, which is Crucial w/ Dec 19 B1G Title Game & CFP Teams Revealed Dec 20

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Sep 16 UPDATE:

Oct 23/24 Start Date.

6 division games
2 cross over games
1 game during B1G Championship Weekend (all 14 teams are playing)
9 total games







Sep 15 UPDATE:


8 games, 4 home & 4 away.

99.99% sure of an Oct. 17 start.

And don't worry that the league hasn't officially announced it yet. It's coming.


The FULL STORY:

Big Ten football on the cusp of returning to the field this fall, perhaps as early as Oct. 17
Jeff Potrykus
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
UPDATED: 2:13 PM CT, Sep 15, 2020

MADISON – The excruciating wait Big Ten football players and coaches have experienced in the last month, a time laden with uncertainty and frustration, is about to end.

Big Ten football is coming back.

Sources told the Journal Sentinel on Tuesday that a proposal has been approved for the league to play its 2020 season this fall.


The starting date is unclear, but the latest proposal submitted to the Big Ten’s Council of Presidents and Chancellors featured an Oct. 17 kickoff. Each team is to play eight games in a nine-week window, with the league title game tentatively set for Dec. 19.

That should allow a Big Ten representative to compete for a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff field. That field is scheduled to be revealed Dec. 20.

It is unclear when league officials will make a formal announcement, but according to KETV7 in Omaha, University of Nebraska president Ted Carter was caught on a hot mic Tuesday morning sharing that the league would release the news later in the day.

“We’re getting ready to announce the Huskers and Big Ten football tonight,” Carter told Bob Hinson, director of the National Strategic Research Institute, before a news conference in Lincoln.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted, 11-3, last month to shut down all Big Ten fall sports because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa were the three schools that voted to play.

Nine votes are needed to reverse the August decision.

The Journal Sentinel reported Sunday that sources familiar with the situation expected the council to approve a proposal to start the season next month.

The league’s return to competition task force, chaired by Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, has been working for several weeks to fashion proposals to start the season.

Alvarez has expressed guarded optimism that Big Ten teams would play in 2020, but it wasn’t until late Saturday that sources told the Journal Sentinel they expected the league’s presidents and chancellors to green-light starting the season.

Perhaps the No. 1 factor has been the development of COVID-19 tests, which are more rapid and less costly now than they were in August.

Alvarez has consistently talked about the importance of such tests, beginning with an Aug. 11 Zoom session with reporters who cover UW.

"If we had a saliva test that we could get back within an hour," he said recently, "heck, we could have our guys do their test, go in and have breakfast and they’d have an answer before they went to practice and we could have a clean practice field."

On Saturday, the Big Ten’s medical subcommittee made a formal presentation to the league’s presidential steering committee, which features presidents/chancellors from eight schools.

The full Council of Presidents and Chancellors was briefed Sunday.

Speaking to the UW athletic board earlier this month, Alvarez sounded encouraged that players across the league would have the option of playing sooner than later.

“We’re looking forward to, as we gather more information, to having other meetings with the chancellors and presidents,” he said. "And hopefully we can reschedule the football season and get that started at some point.”



SEPTEMBER 11 UPDATE:




And here's a really good column from the Chicago Tribune.

Some excerpts:

...You should know Warren is a man of substance with a strong moral compass. But he wildly miscalculated the reaction to canceling the 10-game schedule he unveiled six days earlier.

Did Warren think the ACC would follow the Big Ten’s decision and that the Big 12 and SEC would then be pressured to pull the plug? Was Warren aiming to be a national leader rather than a follower?

A vote on whether to restart is coming but no earlier than Sunday, a source said, and more likely next week.

Conference presidents need answers from the medical subcommittee of the Return to Competition Task Force that addresses four issues related to COVID-19:

1) rapid testing;
2) contact tracing;
3) heart issues;
4) the surge in cases in some Big Ten states and on several campuses.

As you will read,
a source inside the Big Ten called the league “a divided house” (being kind) and “a circus” (less kind).

The full column:




SEPTEMBER 9 (2:18 pm) UPDATE

It is important to remember that Oct 10 is when the B1G would have to start up its season & still be eligible for the CFP. Time is ticking!!!





SEPTEMBER 8 UPDATE


A vote needs to happen by Sep 11/12/13. Time is ticking!!!




ORIGINAL POST

As you can see, Harbaugh has texted and emailed U-M president Mark Schlissel, but they haven’t spoken.

Since August, Michigan football has had ZERO covid 19 positive tests.

And just a reminder of the timeline:

Aug 5: B1G announces the 10 game conference only schedule.
Aug 11: B1G votes 11-3 to cancel the fall football season, even though nothing changed.

As we know, things change daily w/ this virus. And speaking of days:

46 days: the time between Aug 11 and Sep 26 (most P5 schools' first game)
60 days: the time between Aug 11 and Oct 10 (when the B1G would have to start up & still be eligible for the CFP)

 
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Slappy Pappy

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Nonsensical that OSU, Iowa, and Nebraska could not collectively prevent the season from being cancelled, but Michigan, solely, can keep it from being played.

And please stop posting the yachtsman crap like some random 24 year old throwing guesses out there like he has an inside scoop is some sort of news.
 

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Nonsensical that OSU, Iowa, and Nebraska could not collectively prevent the season from being cancelled, but Michigan, solely, can keep it from being played.

And please stop posting the yachtsman crap like some random 24 year old throwing guesses out there like he has an inside scoop is some sort of news.
Yeah, as much as I want this guy to be legit he seems like a rumor hack who is trying to get followers.
 
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Nonsensical that OSU, Iowa, and Nebraska could not collectively prevent the season from being cancelled, but Michigan, solely, can keep it from being played.

And please stop posting the yachtsman crap like some random 24 year old throwing guesses out there like he has an inside scoop is some sort of news.
Agree on the yachtmen. However if MI was one of the 8 votes they needed and they switched at the last minute, then yes they could single handedly stop the playing of FB.
 

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"Per sources, Michigan Board of Regents will have a vote of no confidence against President Mark Schlissel. Schlissel is expected to be relieved as Michigan’s president, although the vote has not taken place yet."

Wow. But we can't get rid of the dictator in DC? This country is certifiably nuts.

If they vote against him, Schlissel should point out that the vote was rigged and that he will refuse to leave office just because the deep state is out to get him. That's how real presidents do it, right guys?
Dude your schtick is wearing thin. Everyone on this board knows your thoughts. I would bet 75 to 80 percent of your posts are regarding politics. Thinking your time would be better spent on the OT board.
 

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If reports from UM players and football staff are true Mark Schlissel is a grade A piece of crap. Its been widely reported from the players and UM staff that Schlissel has gone out of his way over the past 4 weeks to ignore them and provide no discussion. He hasn't spoken to anyone involved with the football team and has ignored all data from the procedures the staff have put in place to keep the team safe. He hasn't bothered to offer any insight or suggestions. The dude is a terrible leader and has ghosted the football program. This dude could end up costing people their jobs, businesses, and possibly the cancellations of athletic programs across the B1G.
 

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Funny that Harbaugh doesn't talk to the U Prez. I can't imagine Hareld not taking the call if Kirk called him. Maybe Harbaugh departs the University sooner than we expect. he would have taken Schembechler's call!! he would have marched there in person.
 

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Over for October, not necessarily Thanksgiving. Although if all this hinges just on Michigan then one wonders what would ever change that dudes mind to vote to go. Do they have to have a vaccine or what is it because they have rapid tests now. And kids are on campus now.
its been reported that the B1G's first game needs to be no later than Oct 10 in order to qualify for the CFP
 

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I honestly have no idea what the 11 Presidents and Kevin Warren's motivations are
Yeah trying to determine exactly what the motivations of everyone might be is a bit of a fool's errand. But we'll go ahead and try anyway, that's what message boards are for.

I don't think Warren had much to do with the decision to cancel, except perhaps he didn't push hard enough for playing. This seems largely driven by presidents in Democratic states who have no interest in playing football. A to their exact motivation, I don't know. I also don't understand "knocking down football a peg" as ultimately less money from football means less money for other sports, including those for women. Football has provided so much opportunity for non-football athletes, it just makes no sense to not support football. Without football, opportunities go away for everyone.
 

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Mark is the Ohio State Assistant AD -- Player Personnel.

Silence & running out the clock seems to be the B1G's strategy right now.

 

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Yeah trying to determine exactly what the motivations of everyone might be is a bit of a fool's errand. But we'll go ahead and try anyway, that's what message boards are for.

I don't think Warren had much to do with the decision to cancel, except perhaps he didn't push hard enough for playing. This seems largely driven by presidents in Democratic states who have no interest in playing football. A to their exact motivation, I don't know. I also don't understand "knocking down football a peg" as ultimately less money from football means less money for other sports, including those for women. Football has provided so much opportunity for non-football athletes, it just makes no sense to not support football. Without football, opportunities go away for everyone.
I agree with you; I don't think Kevin Warren pushed hard enough on delaying. After all:
* Things change daily with this virus
* All 14 ADs wanted to play this fall. His voice was representing those 14 ADs and his voice clearly was not loud and strong enough

What was the rush to cancel 29 days ago (on Aug 11)?

Think about that for a second. 29 days ago. Even if the B1G re-started, they are 29 days behind the SEC, ACC and Big 12.

Also, it's pretty clear the Michigan President and Jim Harbaugh do not have a good relationship; the Ohio State President shows up at practices!

Furthermore, a good football team is good for recruiting students who are not athletes. You'd think the Presidents would know that.
 

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It is important to remember that Oct 10 is when the B1G would have to start up its season & still be eligible for the CFP. Time is ticking!!!

 
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It seems this lines up closely with the B10 having to turn over all documents related to the Nebraska lawsuit (which is 9/12 btw), however those findings will probably supercede the "vote." Methinks there will be discovery items included in those FOIA requests that further tarnish the Big 10's reputation and muddy the waters.