September 15, 2020
On August 11th, the presidents of the universities that comprise the Big Ten conference voted 11-3 to postpone the football season. Ohio State, Nebraska and Iowa were the three holdouts. Now, apparently, the conference is considering starting the season in October.
The good news? The presidents of both Michigan and Michigan State are infectious disease experts who probably know better.
Meanwhile, all Michigan State students have been told to quarantine for two weeks amid an outbreak there; Wisconsin athletics currently is shut down and it has gone to remote learning for two weeks given its spike in cases; Iowa just got returned from a shut down; and Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, Indiana and Michigan State all have experienced football shutdowns amid outbreaks of varying degrees. Elsewhere, Virginia Tech has already seen two season openers (first against North Carolina State and then against Virginia) postponed. Oklahoma was missing several starters for its season opener against Missouri State. OU’s coronavirus outbreak prompted Head Coach Lincoln Riley to say his school would no longer release test results because doing so was a “competitive disadvantage.” And Memphis halted football activities after quarantining much of the team. A party bus is rumored to be involved.
Meanwhile, cardiac MRI scans have revealed myocarditis in 15 percent of competitive athletes who have recovered from COVID-19.