Big Ten reacts to letter from leaders of six state legislatures wanting football

Elwanda Tulloch

The Big Ten released a letter in response to leaders of six legislatures in the conference’s footprint, asking commissioner Kevin Warren to reconsider the decision to postpone the fall football season.

The letter was written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.

“Recent actions taken by other conferences around the country to start football and other fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members and students at a disadvantage,” the letter said. “These athletes are losing a vital part of student life and are becoming less marketable to future employers with each passing week. Additionally, our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships.

“This is even more frustrating when we think of how our Big Ten athletic programs are leading the way by providing outstanding health

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BYU, Navy prepare to play while frustration mounts in Big Ten country

Elwanda Tulloch

PROVO — In two weeks, BYU and Navy kick off their football seasons in Annapolis, Maryland. It will be the culmination of an offseason like no other.



a football player wearing a helmet: BYU quarterback Zach Wilson lines up to run a play during fall camp in Provo. Unlike all other FBS college football programs in the West, the Cougars are preparing to play games this fall.


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BYU quarterback Zach Wilson lines up to run a play during fall camp in Provo. Unlike all other FBS college football programs in the West, the Cougars are preparing to play games this fall.

While the Cougars and Midshipmen have been diligently going through COVID-19 protocols, working out in seclusion, keeping groups to the smallest numbers possible, and undergoing frequent testing, other leagues that pulled the plug are feeling the heat.

The Big Ten had a protest by parents of players at league headquarters this past week, capping a letter-and petition-writing campaign questioning the transparency of the action taken by the commissioner and most of the presidents.

Weird thing is, Big Ten athletic directors and many of

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Big Ten working on plan that could start its college football season in early January, per report

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When the Big Ten announced it was canceling its fall season, it said that it hoped to hold the season in the spring. Well, the conference might not even wait that long.

The Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel reports that the Big Ten has been working on a revised schedule that would begin in early January. The report cites multiple sources within the conference, saying that the Big Ten is now concentrating on starting the season as early as possible.

It’s a report that coincides with Penn State athletic director Sandy Barbour telling reporters earlier in the week that the league could release a new schedule within a week or so.

The reported reason the Big Ten has decided to start the season as soon as possible is that it wants to have its season finished before the

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Husker parents threaten legal action if Big Ten doesn’t clarify decision to postpone football | Husker News

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If the information is not delivered by noon central time on Monday, the letter read, “we will have no choice but to file suit in the United States District Court for the District of Nebraska.”

Snodgrass, who is the football coach at York High School, emphasized that the group remains solely a parent-led effort separate from the University of Nebraska. Time is against them, he said, with other leagues like the Big 12 and SEC set to begin their seasons next month.

“Ultimately, we would love for them to play football in the Big Ten,” Snodgrass said. “We realize this is a difficult process, but that’s what our end hope is.”

Nebraska leadership in recent days has indicated that it is moving away from hopes of a fall football campaign. UNL Chancellor Ronnie Green said on Lincoln radio station KLIN on Wednesday that there is a “growing level of enthusiasm”

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