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Northwestern University President Morton Shapiro Says Information Changed, So Minds Changed Regarding Big Ten Football Season

"The medical advice I relied on when I voted five weeks ago said there’s virtually no chance that we could do it safely."

September 16, 2020 - 3:21 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- After watching other college football conferences kick off their seasons, the Big Ten has decided to get off the sidelines during the pandemic and begin its season next month.

The Big Ten football season will begin the weekend of October 23-24. The league said all student-athletes, coaches, trainers, and anyone else who would be on the field for practices or games to be tested every day for COVID-19,

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Northwestern University President Morton Shapiro, the chairman of the Big Ten Council of Presidents/Chancellors told the Big Ten Network information changed, so minds changed.

"The medical advice I relied on when I voted five weeks ago said there’s virtually no chance that we could do it safely. We weren’t going to have the testing and all the safety protocols," Shapiro said.

Mike Maroszas’ son is an offensive lineman at Indiana University.

"I think it’s awesome. The kids are there to play. I’m glad they’re getting an opportunity to play," he said.

Maroszas’ son, Nick, is in his second year of eligibility. Maroszas is not concerned about the possible risk of his son and other football players contracting the coronavirus or becoming seriously ill if they do.

"He’s 6’5”. I believe at one point he was, like, 305, but, I mean, it’s 305 of a healthy, strong young man. It’s not like a 305 of his dad. If I was 305, I’d be a slug," he said.

The Big Ten said it will announce "shortly" updates regarding other fall and winter sports including men's and women's basketball, men's ice hockey, men's and women's swimming and diving, and wrestling.

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