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Donald Trump on Big Ten football’s return: ’It is my great honor to have helped’

Big Ten football is back.

And it didn’t take long for the president to take at least some of the credit.

“Great News: BIG TEN FOOTBALL IS BACK. All teams to participate,” Donald Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning. “Thank you to the players, coaches, parents, and all school representatives. Have a FANTASTIC SEASON! It is my great honor to have helped!!!”

Like many football fans, Trump has been clamoring for the Big Ten to reinstate its football season, publicly putting pressure on leadership across the Midwest, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

He had a phone call with Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren on Sept. 1. Several conferences have already started play, including the ACC and Big 12. The SEC is set to start its season on Sept. 26.

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The Big Ten’s return to play is set to start the  weekend of October 23-24. Student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games will be required to undergo daily antigen testing. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game.

“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, The Ohio State University and co-chair of the Return to Competition Task Force medical subcommittee. 

“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 Pac-12 is now the only Power 5 conference not playing this fall. The Mid-American Conference and Mountain West Conference also suspended its seasons.

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