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J. Thomas McNamara

    The Big Ten announced today (Wednesday) that its Council of Presidents and Chancellors has voted to allow the league to play football in fall 2020.  The Big Ten will open its season on the weekend of Oct. 24 with teams playing eight games in eight weeks and a Big Ten Championship Game scheduled for Dec. 19.
     That would make the Big Ten eligible for the College Football Playoff as the final CFP Rankings announcement of the season is set or Dec. 20.
    The conference will now feature daily, rapid COVID-19 testing as a focal point of its return to play plan.
     Testing for athletes and coaches will begin on Sept. 30.  Additionally, the Big Ten unveiled new information on its plans for myocarditis screening in the wake of any positive tests.  Both of those were major concerns that were among the main reasons for the Big Ten’s original decision to cancel fall football on Aug. 11.
      I will have more on this obviously developing story in a future print edition of the Decatur Tribune.

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