As the future of the Big Ten’s fall sports season remains unclear, President Donald Trump spoke with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren on Tuesday about potentially having football games played in the coming months.
Trump tweeted about the conversation, calling it “very productive” and stating that he believes starting up the season as soon as possible would be beneficial to all.
The Big Ten released a statement on Tuesday with information on how the call came to be and that it is “exhausting every resource to help student-athletes get back to playing the sports they love, at the appropriate time, in the safest and healthiest way possible.”
Trump has been a vocal supporter of a fall college football season, tweeting his belief that games should be played. When initial reports of the Big Ten and Pac-12 cancellations began in August, the president tweeted his backing of the “#WeWantToPlay” movement started by student-athletes and coaches.
The conversation comes days after reports surfaced that suggested the Big Ten was reversing course on its decision in August to postpone the fall sports season. Despite push back from players, coaches and others, the conference had determined that the uncertainty of the coronavirus pandemic was too large of a risk.
On Tuesday, the confusion as to what may come next for the Big Ten grew as conflicting reports were shared. Dan Patrick stated on the Dan Patrick Show that a source had informed him that the conference was targeting an October 10 start date if it can come up with a safe plan to return to play.
However, Lincoln Journal Star reported Parker Gabriel shared that in an exchange of texts with Nebraska AD Bill Moos, who is a member of the conference’s return to competition subcommittee, Moos denied any legitimacy of those claims.
As the calendar has officially turned to September -- the month in which Power 5 college football was expected to be played -- the future of the Big Ten has more questions than answers.