Her office said it will talk to the conference about the mandate, which covers organized sports in which athletes can not keep distance "except for occasional and fleeting moments". And it predicts the spending spree will carry over into college football.
Less than five weeks after pushing fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to open its football season the weekend of October 23-24. There's speculation those players, and others in the conference, may revisit their decisions.
- Speaking of COVID-19 like it was nothing more than the sniffles, coach Ed Orgeron of defending national champion LSU casually dropped that a big chunk of his roster has already been stricken with a virus that could have long-term health ramifications we don't yet know about.
"You can't play this game sitting in a chair", Ferentz said. "I think we're certainly open to having conversations". Then, as if giving himself plausible deniability, he added, "I'm not a doctor".
Equipment for the testing is scheduled to arrive at each school before the end of the month but staff members have to be trained on administering the tests. Glen Snodgrass, father of one of the players, Garrett Snodgrass, was teaching a class at York (Nebraska) High School when he received word of the reversal. Players will be tested incessantly, and some results surely will be positive.
The Sooners have yet another decent hurler under center in Spencer Rattler, who, under the tutelage of head coach Lincoln Riley, completed 14-of-17 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns against Missouri State - and that was only in the first half, the final score of that first victory being 48-0.
The Mercury News said that November 7 has also been pitched as a potential start date, but either date would need to dovetail toward a December 19 championship game.
The Pac-12 is one of three FBS conferences not playing. He botched a couple of snaps and the Governors lost on a last-minute score.
College football is returning for one major conference - and President Donald Trump is taking the credit. Barry Alvarez, the athletic director of the Wisconsin University, mentioned that they would release the schedule next week.
That was a diagnosis the league could not accept.
If neither of them has hired an agent, they could reverse those decisions and make OSU even more of a playoff contender. "That's all behind us". Because of the restrictions, it might take the teams that had been limited, including conference favorites OR and Southern California, more than a month to be ready to play.
Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Most assuredly, it came wrapped in dollar signs.
-When asked about potential long-term effects of COVID-19, Ferentz said it's a concern but nobody knows now what they may be and feels Big Ten has best plan in place to keep student-athletes safe.
In apparently unrelated news, Big Ten school Penn State announced that the total number of COVID-19 cases on its campus has climbed to 1,146. The availability of rapid coronavirus testing and enhanced cardiac screenings played a key role in the decision to resume play. The site also concluded "Biden has outspent Trump on advertising in every sport but NASCAR".
"Even with schools that have had issues".
"In a flawless world, I think you'd like to say, 'Who's in is in, '" Franklin said, when asked if he knew of other players on his roster that would pass up playing this season. "The difficulty is outside of our so-called controlled bubble". Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.
But college football has made its call.