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Trump calls on Big Ten Conference to play football, Ricketts agrees

Reports: Big Ten postpones 2020 football season
Posted at 12:25 PM, Sep 01, 2020

President Donald Trump said he spoke to officials with the Big Ten conference on Tuesday about a plan for opening its 2020 football season on schedule.

Trump said he spoke with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren on Tuesday morning, and tweeted that a plan was "at the one yard line."

The Big Ten had no immediate comment but Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts, took time to show where he stands on the issue via Twitter:

Later, Trump told reporters that he believed "Democrats" would be the biggest hurdle in getting the season started — though it's unclear which Democrats Trump was referring to, or how they would be able to shut down football games across several states.

On Aug. 11, the Big Ten announced it was "postponing" all 2020 fall sports, including football, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its announcement, the league said it was exploring the possibility of all fall sports resuming play in the spring of 2021.

However, in recent days, reports have indicated that the conference is exploring the possibility of starting its season by late November or January .

The Pac-12 conference is the only other "Power 5" conference that does not intend to play college football in the fall of 2020. The ACC, Big 12 and SEC will open their seasons in the coming weeks — though some conferences are limiting the number of non-conference games each team can play.