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Big Ten Announces Plans for 2020 Football Season, Medical Protocols for All Sports

For Immediate Release


Aug. 5, 2020


2020 Big Ten Conference Football Schedule can be found here


ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conference announced today that the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) has approved plans for the 2020 football season, including a 10-game Conference-only schedule beginning as early as the weekend of September 5.


In making this announcement, the Conference acknowledges that there is much work to be done on our campuses, in our communities and across the country to gain control of a virus that continues to spread at an alarming rate. While the Conference remains hopeful for a September 2020 start in all fall sports, including football, issuing a schedule does not guarantee that competition will occur. While our strategy is to continue planning for all fall sports, if the virus continues to spread among our students despite our many preventative measures, including testing and quarantine protocols, we are also prepared to delay or cancel competition pursuant to local and state public health orders or the recommendations of our medical experts. As Commissioner Kevin Warren has consistently stated, our country is navigating unprecedented times and throughout all decisions, the health and safety of our students, student-athletes, and everyone associated with our Big Ten university communities remains our primary focus as we work with our institutions to provide a healthy and productive learning environment that includes intercollegiate athletic competition.


In addition to plans for the 2020 football season, the Conference announced that competition start dates for men’s and women’s cross country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, and women’s volleyball have been postponed through at least September 5. Conference-only schedules for these sports will be released at a later date as scheduling for these sports remains fluid. Administrators, coaches, and Conference staff have been working daily to create schedules that provide the appropriate levels of flexibility to respond in real-time to necessary changes.


Big Ten Medical Protocols


Working with the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases (Task Force) and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee (Committee), the Big Ten Conference also released its medical policies and protocols for all sports on the specific topics of testing requirements, and quarantine and isolation. Testing will be managed by a third-party laboratory to ensure consistency across the Conference. Due to the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic, the protocols will be updated regularly as new information becomes available and feedback from student-athletes is continuously evaluated. The protocols have been developed to guide institutions in the minimum necessary requirements needed to participate in athletics in the 2020-21 academic year. These protocols, which will go into effect at the start of the competitive season and complement local protocols already in place at the institutional level, serve to provide specific requirements, in addition to considerations that have previously been developed by the Task Force, the Autonomy 5 Medical Advisory Group and the NCAA.


Currently required testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as outlined in the testing protocol, is polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing. Testing frequency is based on the level of contact risk within each sport and is required for student-athletes, as well as coaches and staff depending upon exposure to the student-athletes. Sports that have a high risk of contact will have a minimum of two PCR surveillance tests per week during the competitive season. All other sports will have a minimum of one PCR surveillance test per week. Additional weekly testing requirements and alternative testing methods will be implemented and administered by the Conference or institutions this fall as sufficient data to support use develops.


“Our institutions are committed to taking the necessary measures to facilitate a safe return to campus for our students this fall,” said Morton Schapiro, Chair of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors and Northwestern University President. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have prioritized the health and safety of our students. Their welfare is paramount and remains at the forefront of all of our decisions. Today’s announcement, though subject to local, state and federal public health guidelines, provides a path forward for Big Ten student-athletes to return to competition based on comprehensive, conference-wide medical policies and protocols established by the Big Ten Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Big Ten Sports Medicine Committee. We will continue to evaluate the best available information and advice from public health officials as we make decisions and necessary adjustments going forward.”


The Conference previously announced that participation in fall sports is optional and that all Big Ten student-athletes who elect not to participate in intercollegiate athletics at any time during the 2020 summer and/or the 2020-21 academic year due to concerns about COVID-19 will continue to have their scholarship honored by their institution and will remain in good standing with their team.


“Developing consistent medical protocols and testing procedures for the health and safety of our student-athletes and our athletic programs is critical,” said Big Ten Conference Commissioner Kevin Warren. “Our Task Force for Emerging Infectious Diseases and local, state, and national experts have provided guidelines throughout our decision-making process with our student athletes’ health and safety as our first and foremost concern. At the same time, as we have previously communicated, any student-athletes who do not feel safe proceeding with the upcoming season as a result of the COVID-19 virus should know they have our full support and also know they will retain their scholarships. With the knowledge we have today, providing potential options for all of our student-athletes was of the utmost importance to us, all while ensuring there is a process in place to incorporate student-athlete feedback. While a comprehensive plan has been developed, we also know it is essential to continue to be agile as new information and health trends become available and we will adjust accordingly.”


The Big Ten Conference is proud of its 14 world-class research institutions and has leveraged their resources and expertise to address this pandemic over the past four months. The Task Force has also engaged in extensive research and sharing of materials and conversations with federal, state and local governments, professional and international sports organizations, and medical agencies in order to track and better understand the daily updates surrounding this pandemic. In June 2020, Big Ten institutions developed local policies and protocols for the safe return to voluntary workouts. In July 2020, additional activities have been carefully monitored to promote the safety and well-being of our student-athletes. As the beginning of the fall 2020 season approaches, we will continue to work with medical experts and governmental authorities to gather additional information, evaluate emerging data and technologies, and seek to implement the highest standards of testing and other safety measures.


Big Ten Football

  • The plan is for Big Ten institutions to play a 10-game Conference-only schedule including the nine current opponents and one additional cross-division game
  • The schedule starts as early as the weekend of Sept. 5 with final games slated for Nov. 21 to align with academic calendars
  • The 10 games would be played over at least 12 weeks with each team having two open dates
  • The schedule is structured to maximize flexibility:
    • Games can be collapsed into bye weeks
    • Uniform bye week on Nov. 28
    • Cross-division games are currently scheduled for all schools in Week 1 (Sept. 5) and Week 12 (Nov. 21)
    • Schedule constructed in a way that allows season to start as early as the weekend of Sept. 5, but also provides the ability to move the start of the season back to Sept. 12, 19 or 26 through strategic sequencing that allows games to be moved to a latter part of the schedule
  • Big Ten Football Championship Game remains scheduled for Dec. 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, though it could be moved as late as Dec. 19
  • Teams can begin preseason practices on Friday, Aug. 7, or earlier if permitted under NCAA guidelines related to first dates of scheduled competition




Blue Jackets look flat in 3-0 Game 2 loss to Toronto in Stanley Cup Qualifiers Series





Columbus: None

Toronto: A. Matthews (1), J. Tavares (1), EN – M. Rielly (1)

J. Korpisalo (36 saves, L)

Toronto: F. Andersen (20 saves, W)



  • The Maple Leafs evened the series at one game apiece with the Blue Jackets thanks to today’s 3-0 victory.
  • Columbus will enter Game 3 of a postseason series tied at one win each with an opponent for the third time in franchise history (2014 vs. Pittsburgh, 2019 vs. Boston).
  • The Jackets killed off all five Maple Leafs’ power play attempts today and are now 100 percent on the series (6-of-6).
  • The Blue Jackets’ five penalties killed was the most in a road playoff game when killing off 100 percent of penalties faced in franchise history (4-of-4, Apr. 25, 2019 at Boston; 2-3 OTL).
  • The Jackets ranked seventh in the NHL in penalty kill percentage from Jan. 11 through the end of the regular season, killing off 37-of-44 opponent power play attempts (84.1 percent).



  • G Joonas Korpisalo allowed his first goal of the playoffs 16 minutes into the second period.  He had his shutout streak snapped at 96:00 minutes as he stopped the first 55 shots he saw to begin the 2020 postseason.  He is now 1-1 with a 1.02 goals-against average and .970 save percentage in the 2020 playoffs.
  • Korpisalo’s shutout streak was the third longest in Blue Jackets’ playoffs history, trailing only Sergei Bobrovsky’s shutout streaks of 103:16 (Apr. 19-21, 2014 vs. Pittsburgh) and 101:01 (Apr. 27-30, 2019 vs. Boston).
  • C Riley Nash won a game-high 81.8 percent of his faceoffs (9-of-11) and finished tied for the Blue Jackets’ lead in shots (three, Nick Foligno) on 10:53 of ice time.
  • D Seth Jones (28:04 TOI) posted a game-high five blocked shots while D David Savard added four.
  • D Zach Werenski collected two shots, hits and two blocked shots on a game-high 28:47 of ice time.



Wednesday, August 5 Practice at 2:30 pm ET

Thursday, August 6 Game 3 – vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – 8 pm ET at Scotiabank Arena

Friday, August 7 Game 4 – vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – TBD at Scotiabank Arena




Atlantic Coast Conference leads the nation with 18 players on Bednarik Watch List


GREENSBORO, N.C. ( - Eighteen Atlantic Coast Conference football players – the most of any conference – have been named to the Chuck Bednarik Award watch list announced by the Maxwell Football Club.

The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995 and is named in
honor of Chuck Bednarik a former standout at the University of Pennsylvania and with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Bednarik is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of ’69 and the NFL Hall of Fame’s Class of ’67.

The ACC players on the watch list are:
Max Richardson, LB, Boston College
James Skalski, LB, Clemson
Victor Dimukeje, DE, Duke
Chris Rumph, DE, Duke
Hamsah Nasirildeen, S, Florida State
Marvin Wilson, DT, Florida State
Quincy Roche, DE, Miami
Gregory Rousseau, DE, Miami
Chazz Surratt, LB, North Carolina
Paris Ford, S, Pitt
Patrick Jones, DE, Pitt
Jaylen Twyman, DT, Pitt
Andre Cisco, S, Syracuse
Charles Snowden, LB, Virginia
Noah Taylor, LB, Virginia
Rayshard Ashby, LB, Virginia Tech
Caleb Farley, CB, Virginia Tech
Carlos Basham, DE, Wake Forest



Atlantic Coast Conference places Four on Davey O’Brien Award Watch List


GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Four quarterbacks from the Atlantic Coast Conference have been named to the Davey O’Brien Award watch list – Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, Louisville’s Micale Cunningham, Miami’s D’Eriq King and North Carolina’s Sam Howell.

Compiled by a subset of the Davey O’Brien National Selection Committee, this year’s list of 30 was selected based on career player performance and expectations heading into the 2020 college football season. All nominees are required to have previously started at least one game at an NCAA Division I institution. In keeping with the changing landscape of college athletics, new transfers were eligible to be included for the first time in the award’s history.

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. Appearing on the preseason watch list is not a requirement for a player to win the award. This year, players who have been honored as weekly Davey O’Brien Great 8 recipients, as well as any additional quarterbacks approved by the selection subcommittee, will be added to form the final midseason watch list on Tuesday, Oct. 20

Sixteen semifinalists selected from the final watch list will be named on Tuesday, Nov. 10. The Foundation will announce the three finalists two weeks later (Tuesday, Nov. 24). The 2020 Davey O’Brien Award winner will be unveiled live on ESPN Thursday, Dec. 10, during The Home Depot College Football Awards.

The 44th Annual Davey O’Brien Awards Dinner is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas.

About the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award

The Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award is presented annually to the nation’s best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. The Davey O’Brien Award honors candidates who exemplify Davey O’Brien’s enduring character while exhibiting teamwork, sportsmanship and leadership in both academics and athletics. Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, the Davey O’Brien Foundation has awarded more than $1 million in scholarships and university grants to help high school and college athletes transform leadership on the field into leadership in life. For more information, visit





Doak Walker Award Watch List selects Nine Running Backs from the ACC


GREENSBORO, N.C. ( – Nine running backs from the Atlantic Coast Conference have been named to the 2020 Doak Walker Award watch list, released by the PwC SMU Athletic Forum. The Forum annually presents the award to the nation’s top college running back.

Heading the list is two-time ACC Player of the Year Travis Etienne of Clemson.  Etienne was a finalist for the Doak Walker Award in 2018 and a semifinalist in 2019.

University athletic departments nominate candidates for the award and can continue to do so through October.

ACC Players on the 2020 Doak Walker Award Watch List:

David Bailey (Jr.) Boston College
Travis Etienne (Sr.) Clemson
Deon Jackson (Sr.) Duke
Jashaun Corbin (So.) Florida State
Jordan Mason (Jr.) Georgia Tech
Javian Hawkins (So.) Louisville
Michael Carter (Sr.) North Carolina
Javonte Williams (Jr.) North Carolina
Kenneth Walker III (So.) Wake Forest



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