The White House held a call with the Big Ten office on Tuesday to discuss re-starting the conference's football season as fast as possible.
"Had a very productive conversation with Kevin Warren, Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, about immediately starting up Big Ten football," Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday morning. "Would be good (great!) for everyone - Players, Fans, Country. On the one yard line!"
Letterman Rowconfirmed the talks, reporting that the White House offered the conference use of a coming national stockpile of fast, cheap saliva-based tests that many view as a breakthrough in normal life returning.
The President's tweet comes as just the latest twist in the Big Ten's postponement of its fall season, which on Monday saw the conference publicly confirm an 11-3 vote to push back the season as part of a lawsuit brought by a group of Nebraska football players.
The conference has remained steadfast amid considerable pressure from the Midwest that its season will not be played this fall, instead putting its efforts behind a winter season. It remains to be seen if possible White House assistance could change that.
Trump has long viewed college football fans as a key portion of his coalition, attending both the Alabama-LSU game and the CFP National Championship last season while building a relationship with LSU head coach Ed Orgeron. It's no secret that Big Ten country is home to a number of swing states as we enter crunch time of a hotly contested election -- sweeping Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin earned him the win over Hillary Clinton in 2016 -- and so it's clear the White House views getting the Big Ten back on the field as a potential turning point in November's election.
And from a pure football view, it's amazing how the Pac-12's cancellation has been completely erased from the national narrative, alongside the MAC and Mountain West.
As always, stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
Update> The Big Ten has released this statement: