The White House has now gotten involved in potentially saving the Big Ten football season.
President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he had a “very productive” conversation with commissioner Kevin Warren about starting the Big Ten Football season and ended the tweet with “on the one yard line!”
According to Austin Ward of Lettermen Row, the objective of Tuesday’s conference call was to discuss the availability of testing – believed to be the biggest hurdle – for having any sort of season.
The White House may be willing to assist the Big Ten in designating part of its supply of new, and cheaper, saliva-based testing to the conference, per Ward. The White House purchased 150 million rapid tests last week from Abbott Laboratories.
There are still questions about distribution, but that presumably was part of Tuesday’s call.
Trump has been an advocate for the Big Ten to restart its season, which was called off last month after Big Ten presidents and chancellors voted 11-3 to postpone the season for health and safety reasons due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Per college football insider Nicole Auerbach, the dissenting votes were from Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio State.
The Pac-12 also decided to call off its season while the SEC, ACC and AAC are still continuing with plans for a season.
The decision to postpone the season has sparked a strong reaction from players and parent of players, many of whom have led petitions to restart the season. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields launched a petition that had more than 300,000 signatures as of Tuesday morning.