Report: Big Ten schedule release delayed after details of Rutgers' COVID-19 outbreak emerged
Reports on Monday indicated that the Big Ten would release its schedule for the conference-only 2020 season on Tuesday.
However, Tuesday morning came and went without a schedule, and new reports seem to indicate the reason is a COVID-19 outbreak at Rutgers.
Per Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, B1G commissioner Kevin Warren learned that 28 players and multiple staffers have contracted the virus. Now, Warren is considering the conference’s next step:
"Sources say that after Warren learned Monday of the COVID-19 outbreak at Rutgers — https://t.co/XGMnpk3UFo reported that 28 players plus “multiple team staffers” have been infected, forcing the team into isolation until Saturday — he reconsidered the conference’s next step." https://t.co/Ws9KWvB8kz
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) August 4, 2020
The Big Ten was originally scheduled to start on Sept. 5, according to reports. However, that could be in jeopardy after this Rutgers news.
The SEC and Pac-12 are planning to start on Sept. 26. Could we see the Big Ten move the season back a few weeks to that date as well?