Big Ten To Make Decisions On Preseason Football Camp In A Few Days

Matthew Stevens

According to the letter, which Illini Now/Sports Illustrated obtained a copy Friday morning, sent by league commissioner Kevin Warren and Dr. Chris Kratochvil, the chairman of the Big Ten task force for emerging infectious diseases, on Thursday, the dates and protocols for preseason football camps for the 14 league schools will be made by next week and possibly as soon as Monday, Aug. 3.

“We will not, and cannot, proceed with preseason camp until we are certain that we can do so safely and that will depend, in part, on testing,” the letter reads. “Once we have everything in place to execute our testing protocols effectively, including the appropriate number of tests secured for all fall sports, we can make a decision as to whether preseason camp will begin as currently scheduled. We anticipate making that decision within the next 5 days.”

The letter sent to all 14 school’s athletics directors also continues the Big Ten’s refrain that circumstances throughout the country may not be medically safe to have fall sports, including football, due to the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.