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Ohio State HC Ryan Day hints Big Ten may return by mid-October

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Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day released a statement Thursday that mentioned mid-October as the Big Ten medical subcommittee’s target return date for the conference’s 2020 college football season. He also continued questioning the Big Ten’s communications surrounding its plans for the season, calling the conference’s efforts to convey its progress “disappointing and often unclear.”

“We still have an opportunity to give our young men what they have worked so hard for: a chance to safely compete for a national championship this fall. I couldn't possibly be prouder of how this team, our medical personnel, athletic director and president have stayed together and managed through this extremely difficult time with so many unanswered questions,” Day said in his statement. “The Big Ten medical subcommittee has done an excellent job of creating a safe pathway toward returning to play in mid-October.”

Lawmakers from six states issued a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren earlier this week asking the Big Ten to reconsider its position. Even with a majority of college football teams set to begin their seasons Saturday, the Big Ten reinforced in a statement Wednesday its commitment to resuming play “as soon as it is safe to do so.”

“We could not agree more with the group of midwest legislators who stated in a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren that the Big Ten Conference is ‘home to some of the world’s leading institutions of higher learning, scientific research and medicine,’” the Big Ten said in its statement. “The Big Ten’s Return to Competition Task Force is tapping into those resources as it prepares for a safe return to competition.”