Penn State and Rutgers fans, rejoice: Big 10 football is coming back

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UPDATED: 11:45 a.m.

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Penn State and Rutgers football fans got some pleasant news Wednesday morning when the Big 10 announced that its Council of Presidents and Chancellors had adopted thorough medical protocols and voted unanimously to resume the sport starting the weekend of Oct. 23.

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— Penn State Football (@PennStateFball) September 16, 2020

The protocol includes a lot of testing. Players, coaches, trainers and others that are on the field for practices and games must go through daily antigen testing, with results being recorded before either take place.

Any athlete who tests positive will need to go through cardiac testing and be cleared by a cardiologist. An athlete who tests positive cannot play a game any sooner than 21 days after the diagnosis.

Penn State Head Football Coach James Franklin released a statement Wednesday saying, in part, "We are excited for our guys to have the opportunity to get back to action safely on October 24."

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— James Franklin (@coachjfranklin) September 16, 2020

Daily testing will start by Sept. 30.

The Big 10 said all conference sports will require testing protocols eventually, and says fans can expect to get an update on other fall sports, and winter sports that begin in the fall — e.g., basketball, ice hockey, and wrestling — shortly.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors (COP/C) adopted significant medical protocols and has voted unanimously to resume the football season starting the weekend of October 23-24, 2020: https://t.co/b5yHShGb1D

— Big Ten Conference (@bigten) September 16, 2020