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Big Ten Commish and POTUS Converse on Potential Restart Plans

According to reports, Donald Trump and Big Ten Commissioner, Kevin Warren have met in unison in attempts to structure a plan that would restart fall sports earlier than anticipated.

Trump, who is currently in the process of running for re-election, has made restarting Big Ten football a priority.

“I had a phone call with Kevin Warren. I think (the phone call) was very productive about getting the Big Ten playing again immediately,” President Trump said to media before he departed to Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday morning. “(Warren) is a great guy. It’s a great conference, tremendous teams. We’re pushing very hard…we had a very nice conversation and maybe we’ll be nicely surprised. They had it closed up but I think they’d like to see it reopened along with a lot of other football that is being played right now.”

The Big Ten also came out with a statement, confirming that the phone call between the two men took place.

“A White House representative reached out to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren on Monday to facilitate a phone call between President Donald Trump and Commissioner Warren. On Tuesday, Commissioner Warren and the President had a productive conversation,”

The Big Ten goes on to say; “The Big Ten and its Return to Competition Task Force, on behalf of the Big Ten Council of Presidents & 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.”

It is important to note that if this restart plan were to take place, it would have to take an immense amount of help from multiple parties at hand in order for this to actually work. According to a recent statement from the nation’s capital, the federal government recently purchased 150 million rapid COVID tests to help with program-wide testing.

Is it possible for the Big 10 to have a 2020 season? Of course, it is. If it’s safe to have a season however seems to be the bigger question at hand that needs to be considered before an ultimate decision is made.

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Peter Snyder
Peter Snyder is an Intern sportswriter who covers collegiate athletics as well as professional sports.
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