Big Ten resumes college sports after pressure from players, parents and Trump squib

  • Athletics conference is hugely popular in battleground states
  • Conference had voted to postpone season in August

Less than five weeks after pushing football and other fall sports to spring in the name of player safety during the pandemic, the conference changed course Wednesday and said it plans to begin its season on the weekend starting 23 October. Each team will have an eight-game schedule.

The Big Ten said its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously on Tuesday to restart sports. The vote last month was 11-3 to postpone, with Ohio State, Iowa and Nebraska voting against.

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