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The Big Ten Conference has voted to resume the football season beginning Oct. 23

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(KTIV) - The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors have voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of Oct. 23.

The decision comes less than five weeks after the conference announced it would push football and other fall sports to spring because of the pandemic.

According to a press release, the Big Ten has adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening, and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practices and competitions.

The decision was based on information presented by the Big Ten Return to Competition Task Force.

“Everyone associated with the Big Ten should be very proud of the groundbreaking steps that are now being taken to better protect the health and safety of the student-athletes and surrounding communities,” said Dr. Jim Borchers, Head Team Physician, Ohio State University and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee. 

Any COVID-19 positive student-athletes will have to undergo comprehensive cardiac testing to include labs and biomarkers, ECG, Electrocardiogram, and a Cardiac MRI.

Daily testing will begin by Sept. 30.

“The data we are going to collect from testing and the cardiac registry will provide major contributions for all 14 Big Ten institutions as they study COVID-19 and attempt to mitigate the spread of the disease among wider communities,” the Big Ten statement read.

The Big Ten Championship Game will be played Dec. 19, one day before the final College Football Playoff field is set.

To read the full statement from the Big Ten, click here.

Brett Funke

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