President Donald Trump continued to weigh in on salvaging the Big Ten Football season on Sunday morning.
Trump tweeted that a season is “looking really good,” but added a season may not include key schools such as Michigan, Illinois and Maryland as he took a swipe at the governors of those states for their “ridiculous lack of interest or political support.”
It is unclear what, if any, developments had transpired as of Sunday morning in moving closer toward a Big Ten season this fall, but the president has been in communication with Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren.
The two spoke on the phone on Tuesday, which Trump called “very productive,” and suggested salvaging the season was “on the one-yard line.”
The Big Ten confirmed in a statement that the conversation between Trump and Warren was productive, but made no mention as to whether or not a solution to restarting the season was imminent.
On Friday, Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez said the Big Ten committee was consulting medical officials on a return plan, but still gathering facts to to present a proposal to the league’s Presidents and chancellors, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The Big Ten decided to postpone all fall sports on Aug. 11, which was immediately followed by the Pac-12, due to health and safety concerns from the coronavirus pandemic. Per The Athletic, Iowa, Nebraska and Ohio State were the only Big Ten schools to vote against postponing the season.
Several efforts have been made to try and persuade the Big Ten to reverse course on its decision. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has led the way with a petition while several parents of student-athletes have also been vocal in attempting to put forth a season this fall.
Trump has been vocal about having college football since the decision was made and has tried to use his influence to save the Big Ten, but has been quiet in regards to the Pac-12.
Among some of the hurdles that need to be worked out should the Big Ten restart its season include swift and effective testing measure for COVID-19 as well as figuring out the College Football Playoff schedule.
The SEC, ACC, AAC and Big 12 are all still planning to resume its seasons, with some games having already commenced on Saturday in the AAC.