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Nebraska President Mentions Big Ten Football’s Return on Hot Mic

September 21, 2020
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The Big Ten may have an announcement on Tuesday after all. University of Nebraska President Ted Carter was caught on a hot mic prior to a news conference saying that an announcement on Nebraska football would come later Tuesday. KETV caught the moment on video.

“We’re getting ready to announce the Huskers and Big Ten football tonight,” Carter said to Bob Hinson, director of the National Strategic Research Institute.

“Oh, really?” Hinson replied. “I heard that that was happening.”

Carter responded by saying it was a “good move in the right direction.”

Carter and Hinson were both in Lincoln for a press conference on the next phase of the the National Strategic Research Institute.

After the press conference, KLKN asked Carter about his comments which he said were taken out of context. He said work is “going on” and that he is “cautiously optimistic.”

Carter’s comment comes after a whirlwind weekend of rumors and speculation around Big Ten football’s return to play. According to multiple reports, the Big Ten’s medical committee made a presentation to the steering committee of eight presidents and chancellors on Saturday. Big Ten presidents and chancellors from all 14 institutions then met Sunday to hear presentations on medical, scheduling and television. That was then expected to result in a vote, which did not happen Sunday. The vote was reportedly going to come soon and Carter’s comments seem to shed light on when the vote and announcement may come.

While nothing is official at this time, one of the dates for returning to competition is Oct. 17. That date would allow football to then host the Big Ten championship game in late December and be potentially eligible for the College Football Playoff. However, November and January have also been discussed as potential return dates.

If the decision is to come Tuesday, it has been reported that all 14 schools will move forward. On a teleconference earlier this week, University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank—who is a member of the council that will vote—said the Big Ten Conference would move forward together.

“This isn’t going to be a school-by-school thing,” Blank said.

The comment ran counter to some reports that a number of schools might opt out of the 2020 football season.

The Big Ten Conference originally postponed the 2020 fall sports seasons on Aug. 11. It was later reported that the vote to postpone was 11-3, with only Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa voting to move forward with the season.

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