The tournament will be played March 10-14 at Lucas Oil Stadium, sources say, because the women’s basketball tournament is already planned for Bankers Life Fieldhouse on overlapping dates.
The Big Ten Conference does not plan to sell general admission tickets for Saturday’s football title game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, instead limiting attendance to only the families of athletes and other team members.
The conference has canceled five games since play began Oct. 23, but the challenges have gone way beyond that issue.
Even though Big Ten Conference football teams that begin play this weekend will compete without spectators, the mayors from 11 cities sent a letter to the conference expressing concerns about the possible implications.
Purdue University Head Football Coach Jeff Brohm has joined a growing list of college football coaches to test positive for the virus.
Myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart, was among concerns cited by the Big Ten in August when it planned to postpone football until spring.
Presidents of universities in the Big Ten Conference were presented a comprehensive plan Sunday to conduct a fall football season, but a final decision is still to come.
The Big Ten, in a written statement, said Commissioner Kevin Warren and President Donald Trump had a “productive conversation.”
The conference is in the early stages of a complicated process that also involves broadcast partners and possible neutral site venues, but could have a season starting as soon as Thanksgiving weekend.
One option includes playing games at domed stadiums across the Midwest, including in Indianapolis, Minneapolis and Detroit.
The cancellation of the fall season promises to wallop businesses who count on those fall weekends for survival, and the economic impact likely will measure in the tens of millions in many of the small towns across the sprawling conference.
The broadcast rights for football generate millions of dollars for the Big Ten Conference’s athletic departments, and schools across the country have projected major deficits in the wake of the pandemic.
The Big Ten championship game in Indianapolis remains scheduled for Dec. 5 but could be moved to as late as Dec. 19.
The conference cited medical advice in making its decision and added ominously that the plan would be applied only “if the conference is able to participate in fall sports.”
Conference commissioners encouraged federal lawmakers to not wait for the NCAA process to play out before passing a national law that would set parameters for college athletes to be compensated for use of their names, images and likenesses.
The tournament started Wednesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Fans were present for Wednesday’s games, but the conference that evening barred fans for the remaining days.
University of Nebraska Basketball Coach Fred Hoiberg was taken to a hospital for evaluation after he left Wednesday night’s 89-64 loss to Indiana University in the Big Ten Conference Tournament.
The decision came less than two hours after the NCAA said it would play its March Madness games in empty stadiums and shortly after the first Big Ten game tipped off at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Outgoing Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany kicked off his final Big Ten football media days Thursday by saying he thinks some serious mistakes made in the 1970s created problems today in college athletics.