Students react to Big 10 football return
By Julie Newell
Big 10 football is returning.
COVID-19 has been a major offensive player this year, causing the world to shut down for months. Things have started to open back up, including college football.
The Big Ten is now planning an eight-game, conference-only season starting Oct. 24.
According to ncaa.com, at the end of the season, there will be the first-ever Championship Week. Those games will take place Dec. 19.
During championship week, each school will be paired up, East vs. West, with the school that finished in the same position in the opposite conference.
Many fans are excited for the upcoming season, including LCC general studies student Bayelee Hodge.
“I think it is great that they are playing,” Hodge said. “They deserve it since other conferences are also playing. I think it is a great idea because this can help us all move past this stuff and get back to normal living.
“I do not think this will cause an outbreak of COVID-19. Yes, cases will go up, but to call it an outbreak would be overexaggerating. (You) just have to treat is as the flu and get back to the normal living.”
Others are not excited about the football season, and are concerned about an outbreak of COVID-19 among the players and staff.
Former LCC student Danielle Hook, now a U-of-M Flint nursing major, shared her concerns with starting college football again.
“I think it’s an awful idea,” Hook said. “I think it puts the commodity and convenience of sports before the health of students. Football is not worth letting your students get lifelong issues like lung and heart damage. It is irresponsible and dangerous, no matter what precautions they say they are taking.”
According to espn.com, all schools involved in the Big Ten are taking every precaution to ensure the safety of the players and staff.
“Well, there is always a chance at an outbreak, no matter what,” LCC pre-nursing student Emma Foster said. “But I feel like if they took the right precautions and got tested regularly, then I don’t see any problem with it.”
The schools plan to have daily rapid testing for COVID-19, and must have the test results prior to each game and practice.
Any players who test positive will have to wait at least 21 days before being able to return to competition.
Except for the possibility of having the families of players and staff attend, the Big Ten has decided there will be no fans attending the games.
“I think it’s a good idea to move ahead with the season, because of the medical attention the players will get at the schools,” LCC sophomore Trent Kinnas said. “With all the doctors and testing that will be done, I think players are safer at school than at home.”
For more information about the Big Ten football season, and to see the game schedule, visit www.ncaa.com/news/football/article/2020-09-19/2020-big-ten-football-schedule-dates-matchups