The Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after postponing fall sports to spring because of the pandemic, the conference changed course.
The Big Ten says its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to restart sports. The Big Ten plans to begin its season on Oct. 23 with an eight-game schedule for each team. The development of rapid daily testing for the coronavirus was a major factor in the decision.
The Big Ten’s plan to play football this fall also includes trying to save lives in the future. The conference Ten is setting up a cardiac registry to study the effects COVID-19 has on athletes’ hearts.
Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren says the registry will help all students along with surrounding communities and the entire nation.
Dr. Leslie Cooper chairs the cardiovascular department at the Mayo Clinic in Florida. He says the registry can potentially close a gap in research when it comes to the new coronavirus.