That is the existential question of the week for Big Ten football. While yesterday all indications (and most rumors) pointed to a complete Big Ten shutdown, today we’re not so sure. The Big Ten presidents are meeting as I write this. Who knows what could result?
Pushback to the leaked story by Dan Patrick and the Detroit Free Press has been considerable. Jim Harbaugh has gone public stated that he wants to play football. So has Ryan Day. Our man in the hot seat, James Franklin, has tweeted the same. And Scott Frost of Nebraska defiantly states that Nebraska will play, even if it must play outside the Big Ten. The players want to play, and they have been quite vocal about it on social media.
Oy vey, an insurrection against their presidents and chancellors, already. These guys have the balls we fans want them to have, leaning on the “culture of football” more than anything else. Of course, the University of Facebook has all the answers. If you want the definitive truth, just go there for the erudite, crowd-sourced take on the situation. Yes, that was sarcastic.
So, listen, I apologize for jumping the gun like everyone else. My current stance is wait for the minute-by-minute developments to unfold.
There is some indication that the Big Ten presidents might reconsider the vote they said they didn’t do and let the season run. The start could be postponed. Additional medical testing and precautions could be added. That thing better have numbers on it!
Let’s see what comes out of the 10:30 meeting.
The ESPN wonks, led by hometown girl Heather Dinich, analyzed the current situation for all the Power Five Conferences as of this morning.