Big Ten reverses course, announces plan to play football

MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Barry Alvarez, the athletic director at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, said he is thrilled for Badger football to return in October. 

In a statement Wednesday, Sept. 16, Alvarez said he supported the conference's decision a month ago to postpone the fall sports season. 

"Over the past several weeks, we have learned a lot and significantly improved testing and tracing capabilities," he said. "What I have seen and heard gives me confidence going forward. The health and well-being of our student-athletes and staff remains our top priority, so we will continue to emphasize proper protocols and smart decision-making."

Alvarez said he has spoken with Coach Chryst and they both feel good about having the team ready to play when the time comes.


ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Big Ten reverses course, announces plan to play football beginning Oct. 24 weekend; 8-game season for each team.

The Big Ten says it will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing.

If a student-athlete tests positive for the virus, they will have to undergo cardiac testing and must receive clearance from a cardiologist to return. The earliest a student-athlete could return after testing positive is 21 days.

The daily testing will begin on September 30.

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