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Trump calls on Big Ten Conference to play football, Ricketts agrees

Lawsuit documents detail the Big Ten’s vote to postpone the fall football season Lawsuit documents detail the Big Ten’s vote to postpone the fall football season
Noah Ferguson | 01 September, 2020, 21:25

Trump's conversation with the commissioner comes after discussions among those in the Big Ten about the possibility of the conference starting its postponed football season in November.

While talking to reporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Tuesday, Trump said the call with Warren was "very productive".

"Would be good (great!) for everyone - Players, Fans, Country".

Citing the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, the Big Ten on August 11 became the first Power Five conference to postpone football and other fall sports with hopes of playing in the spring. The Pac-12 followed suit, joining the Mid-American Conference and the Mountain West.

"I think it was very productive about getting [the] Big Ten playing again and immediately", Trump said. Last week, a group of Nebraska players filed a lawsuit seeking a reversal of the decision, and Gov. Pete Ricketts has been a vocal proponent of the Cornhuskers playing fall football. It does not appear that the Big Ten will be involved in the College Football Playoff, but its footprint could swing the election.

The other Power Five conferences - the ACC, Big 12 and SEC - are still planning to play football this fall.

It's important to remember that Big Ten university chancellors and presidents are the ones who gathered to make the decision to not play football and other fall sports in 2020.

The Big Ten Conference, already in court and under pressure from players and parents over its decision to cancel fall football, is now hearing from President Donald Trump.

There are scores of electoral votes at stake across the Midwest, however, and that quite obviously led to Trump's recent attention to college football generally and the Big Ten in particular: Minnesota (10 votes), OH (18), MI (16), Pennsylvania (20), Wisconsin (10). He said Democrats have political reasons for not wanting football to return "but are trying to blame me and the Republicans". A Big Ten official said there was still a lot of work to do and stressed the league's presidents and chancellors would have to approve any plans. "Open up your season, Big Ten". The Big Ten said its leaders voted in favor of postponing the impending fall sports seasons due to medical concerns surrounding the pandemic. We're pushing very hard.

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