The Big Ten is apparently set to reverse its decision to postpone football season until springtime amid the pandemic, according to University of Nebraska president Ted Carter, who let the information slip on a hot microphone at a press conference on Tuesday.
'We're getting ready to announce the Huskers and Big Ten football tonight,' Carter was heard saying following a press conference on Tuesday.
Nebraska's KETV recorded the audio from the press conference.
Carter walked back the statement shortly after, saying that there is still work to be done, but he hopes to have a resolution in the near future.
In a statement following Tuesday's press conference, the school explained: 'When there is any news to share or confirm regarding any Big Ten board decision, it will be announced by the Big Ten. Chancellor [Ronnie D.] Green and [athletic director Bill] Moos will comment at that time.'
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The Big Ten is apparently set to reverse its decision to postpone football season until springtime amid the pandemic, according to University of Nebraska president Ted Carter (right), who let the information slip on a hot microphone at a press conference on Tuesday
Cornhuskers running back Dedrick Mills is seen playing against Iowa during the 2019 season
Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren (left) is expected to announce a fall football season, according to a statement made by Nebraska school president Ted Carter (right) on a hot mic
On September 1, Trump said he had a 'productive conversation' with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren about starting the football season amid the ongoing pandemic
President Donald Trump had previously weighed in on the situation earlier this month, urging conference officials to opt for a fall start in spite of a global pandemic that has killed around 200,000 Americans.
'Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football,' Trump tweeted on September 1. 'Would be good (great!) for everyone - Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!'
'The Big Ten Conference and its Return To Competition Task Force, on behalf of the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C), are exhausting every resource to help student-athletes get back to playing the sports they love, at the appropriate time, in the safest and healthiest way possible,' the statement said.
Sports radio show host Clay Travis, facilitated the call between Trump and Warren about reinstating the fall season, according to Sports Business Journal, which reported the White House's goal of starting the season in October. Travis previously interviewed Trump on his show, OutKick.
SBJ also reported that the White House is hoping to create polling momentum in the midwest, where football fans though they would be deprived of a football season in 2020.
The Big Ten announced August 11 it would move its football season to the spring semester because of the pandemic and its associated health risks, which may include cardiac issues. The Pac-12 followed suit, joining the Mid-American Conference and the Mountain West. Other leagues are playing shortened seasons.
The conference is filled with teams from battleground states that will prove critical in the upcoming election between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, the latter of whom weaponized college football postponements in a recent attack ad.
'Trump put America on the sidelines,' read a graphic at the end of the spot, which featured images of empty Big Ten football stadiums.