“Our attention with the Task Force within the past six months was to guarantee the health and security of our student-athletes,” Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren stated in an announcement Wednesday morning.
“Our aim has always been to come back to contest so all student-athletes could reach their dream of competing at the sports that they love. We’re incredibly thankful for the collaborative work which our Return to Contest Task Force has achieved to ensure the health, safety, and wellbeing of student-athletes, administrators, and coaches.”
The development of daily rapid-response COVID-19 analyzing — not accessible when college presidents and chancellors chose to pull the plug on this season — helped activate a re-vote.
The Pac-12 recently announced a partnership using a diagnostic laboratory that will provide the conference’s colleges the capability to test athletes every day. The Big Ten considers it can do the same and it is a game-changer.
Each group will have an eight-game program, even though the particulars of the program have never been released.
The seminar has adopted rigorous medical protocols that have daily antigen testing, improved cardiac screening for pupils who might test positive, and rigorous data observation which will determine how colleges can proceed with games and practices.
Testing will start on Sept. 30 and student-athletes who do test positive at any stage in the season are going to need to wait 21 days in their diagnosis to go back to competition.
The move comes amid sharp pressure from trainers, a suit from gamers, and stress from parents as well as President Donald Trump pushing to get a Big Ten football season. The convention is home to quite a few battleground states from the November election.