The Big 10 athletic conference pulled an abrupt one-eighty yesterday and announced that it would indeed play football this fall rather than wait for the spring and a possible COVID-19 vaccine. Why? Well, my guess is that money is the big driver in decisions like this. The member universities also claim that testing protocols are now in place that will help them quickly and accurately track any outbreaks of the virus.
And, of course, Donald Trump is claiming credit for encouraging the swing state-rich conference to return to the field. While his influence here is a matter of debate (I happen to think there’s less to it than meets the eye), it’s worth noting that the shortened season will resume a few weeks before the November election, which is the sole reason Trump took an interest in the matter.