Most have doubted it could happen while others have asserted that it would… but now it looks official. The Big Ten is about to vote on the return of fall football. That vote will happen either Sunday or Monday. Possible start dates range from October 10 to November.
Sources: The Big Ten presentation by the Return to Competition Task Force has ended successfully today. The full 14 Big Ten Chancellors and Presidents will meet tomorrow are expected to vote on return to play in next 72 hours. Today is the step before the step.— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) September 12, 2020
Source tells @TheAthleticCFB that the Big Ten's Return to Competition Task Force's presentation is over. It went well, so league pushes forward with the process. All 14 Big Ten Chancellors and Presidents (COP/C) will meet tomorrow and could vote on return to play then.— Nicole Auerbach 😷 (@NicoleAuerbach) September 12, 2020
Credit: Sir Yacht
More established outlets and reporters are tweeting and writing about it today, but I want to also give credit to Sir Yacht. Like him or not, he’s been talking about this vote for a lot longer than everyone else. He may not have been perfect with all of his dates but he had (and gave) hope when others didn’t. If nothing else, he kept the conversation alive.
He’s been calling for an October 10 start date for weeks and now he says this scheduled vote is already done. If the vote to play passes unanimously tomorrow (or close to it) and the Big Ten schedules the first game on the 10th, then I’ll be even more convinced of his legitimacy.
The B1G vote has already been taken today and as of right now all 14 football teams are playing, per source.— Sir Yacht (@SirYacht) September 12, 2020
Fall start date will be determined tomorrow with schedule. October 17th was floated around today by reporters but the start date is most likely October 10.
At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who broke the news. When the sun goes down tomorrow, it’s very possible that we will have fall football back in the Big Ten and back in Minnesota! It isn’t the first time I’ve written an end line that sounds like this… but tonight is another good night to pray for some big time (good) news tomorrow.
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan