The Big Ten Conference announced in July plans to play a conference-only schedule in 2020, and the schedule was finally announced on Wednesday. The season will kick off Labor Day weekend, and each team will play ten games in 2020.
Each Big Ten team has two open weeks built into the regular season schedule, and the entire league has four open weeks that can be used to make up canceled games. The regular season is set to end on Nov. 21, with the league championship game taking place on Dec. 5.
The start of the regular season could be pushed back all the way to the end of September, and the league would still be able to get all ten regular-season games in. The Big Ten Conference also has the flexibility to move the championship game until December 19 if needed.
The biggest news from this scheduling announcement is that Ohio State and Michigan won’t meet up on the last weekend of the season for the first time since 1942. The Buckeyes and Wolverines will play on October 24 during the 2020 regular season.
Big Ten teams are eligible to open up their training camps by the end of this week, and Ohio State is set to open on Thursday. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren made it clear that this scheduling announcement does not guarantee that sports will be played in 2020.
The conference created this schedule with the understanding that some teams might have to quarantine for a period of two weeks at a time. The league will be able to make some adjustments throughout the year in an effort to get all of the games completed.
Each team will be tested for COVID-19 at least twice a week, beginning when training camps open up. Commissioner Warren was not clear how much the conference testing plan would cost, or how much money each individual school would have to pay.
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DII and DIII Fall Championships Cancelled
The NCAA announced on Wednesday that all fall championships at the Division 2 and Division 3 levels are canceled due to the ongoing pandemic. The NCAA Board of Governors allowed each division to make their own decisions regarding fall championships, and both levels agreed to cancel them all in 2020.
This affects football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo, men’s and women’s cross country, and field hockey.
Both divisions released a statement, and they are going to honor all athletic scholarships for fall athletes that have their season canceled. The NCAA is also looking to explore extra eligibility requirements for all student-athletes that have had a season canceled.
No Football For Huskies
The University of Connecticut announced on Wednesday that they are canceling the 2020-21 college football season. The school had been consulting with local and state health officials, and it was determined that the football season should be canceled.
All members of the football team will remain full-time students at UConn, and they will still be enrolling in classes. The school will continue to offer members of the football team support services to ensure that they remain on track to graduate.
Connecticut became the first power-five conference team to announce the cancellation of the football season, but it is believed that they won’t be the last. The Huskies already lost a number of games off of their schedule as other conferences around the country made the decision to play only conference games.
The football team has been on campus since the beginning of July, and there have been no confirmed COVID-19 cases since training camp began. There was hope that the school would delay the start of the season, but school officials felt more comfortable canceling it all together.