James Franklin

The Big Ten football season is back.

Penn State Coach James Franklin is among those happy to see a return to fall football, slated for the weekend of Oct. 23-24 league-wide.

"We are excited for our guys to have the opportunity to get back to action safely on the weekend of Oct. 23-24," said Franklin. "These last several months have been riddled with uncertainty for our student-athletes, but they have handled it with class and dignity. Our guys have remained relentless in following our COVID-19 protocols and in their preparations to be ready to play football."

League presidents and chancellors unanimously voted to resume competition, based on daily testing for COVID-19 and more confidence in the latest medical information coming out.

Eight games are planned with the Big Ten Championship slated for Dec. 19.

Fans are not expected at league games.

The Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors adopted significant medical protocols including daily antigen testing, enhanced cardiac screening and an enhanced data-driven approach when making decisions about practice/competition. 

The Big Ten will require student-athletes, coaches, trainers and other individuals that are on the field for all practices and games to undergo daily antigen testing. Test results must be completed and recorded prior to each practice or game. Student-athletes who test positive for the coronavirus through point of contact (POC) daily testing would require a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test to confirm the result of the POC test.

Chris Brady is managing editor at The Standard-Journal and can be reached at

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