Rutgers University issued this statement regarding football shortly after the Big Ten’s decision today:
“The presidents and chancellors of the Big Ten were presented with a proposal by the Medical Subcommittee of its Return to Competition Task Force that was sufficiently compelling that conference members now support a plan to begin playing football on October 24.
The approved plan relies on daily rapid antigen testing of all athletes and other persons associated with each football program, on adherence to strict internal health protocols and on continual assessments of the health conditions for each team and the health conditions of its broader university community.
This is an approach that recognizes changing local health conditions, improvements in access to near-instantaneous antigen testing and an evolving understanding of effective health protocols.
Assessments of the conditions at Rutgers, as well as those for each opponent, will be made regarding all upcoming games. Individual universities may suspend the return to competition on a week-to-week basis if they or their scheduled opponents are experiencing significant negative changes among players and staff or within the broader university community.
The Rutgers University Division of Intercollegiate Athletics will abide by those protocols and conditions and will rely on the input of the university’s medical professionals to assure the health and safety of everyone involved in a return to intercollegiate competition this semester.”
On August 14th it was reported the Rutgers football had 30 players test positive for COVID19 between mid June and mid August. Rutgers had started voluntary practices in mid June.
Seems fair to say Rutgers issuing this statement nearly immediately after the Big Ten announcement was the Jersey way of saying, “Hey, we’ll see if this can work. If not, we’re out; but you still gotta pay us.”