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Big Ten Changes Course, Will Play Fall Football After All

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In this June 4, 2019, file photo, Kevin Warren talks to reporters after being named Big Ten Conference Commissioner during a news conference in Rosemont, Ill.

ROSEMONT — Big Ten is going to give fall football a shot after all. Less than five weeks after the conference announced it would push football and other fall sports to spring because of the pandemic, the conference changed course. The Big Ten plans to begin its season the weekend of Oct. 24 with an eight-game schedule for each team. The Big Ten says its Council of Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously to restart sports. Back in August, the conference voted to postpone fall sports. 

University of Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman and head football coach Lovie Smith will hold a press conference this afternoon to discuss the decision.

You can find the Big Ten Conference’s full statement on resuming its football season here.

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