At 9:52 a.m. Central time on Wednesday, the Big Ten formally dropped its prohibition on attendance at conference sporting events. Moving forward, decisions on whether or not to allow fans will no longer be banned by the conference office, instead left up to local authorities.
This policy update is effective immediately and includes spring football events. This decision follows the announcements by the conference on March 4, 2021, to allow a limited number of fans to attend the 2021 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments, and on March 9, 2021, to follow local health guidelines and restrictions for all remaining 2020-21 Big Ten Conference championships and tournaments. The goal is to transition from a conference-wide approach to local decision-making in consultation with public health departments and university medical experts.
As of this writing, the news has gone unaddressed on main Twitter accounts of 13 of the 14 Big Ten athletics departments. That's all well and good. It's perfectly reasonable if schools decide (or if their state, county or city health departments decide for them) that it's too soon to sell tickets, and the Wednesday morning silence indicates most of the conference is going to take its time in plotting its next move.
But not all the conference.
At 10:02 a.m. local time, 10 minutes after the announcement, Nebraska dropped this video.
A subsequent statement indicated Nebraska is still deciding how many tickets will be for sale, face coverings will be required at all Husker events, and all plans are subject to change at the discretion of the local authorities.
But isn't it great that we're at this point? Not six months ago Nebraska was not-so-quietly threatening a rebellion against its own conference, and now we have AD Bill Moos congratulating the machine he once raged against for their decision.
If we've come this far in the past six months, imagine where we can be six months from today.