As Big Ten football returns and MAC won’t, UB football team says, ‘We want to play’


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MAC, Pac-12 and Mountain West will not participate in seasons of soccer or sports, and four additional universities (Old Dominion, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Mexico State) have announced that they will abandon the 2020 soccer season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

There is also no consistent return-to-play protocol between the ten FBS conferences or nationally.

“I don’t blame people for their impatience when you see other conferences and universities going through this, with health and safety protocols,” Al-Nut said. “It’s early now. We have seen some turmoil from some institutions but what needs to happen next is more transparency, as far as, this is what we focus on and what might make our conference pause, as it relates to the downfall.”

The Big Ten originally postponed fall sports to spring, but said in a statement that each of its 14 teams would play a nine-match conference schedule. The Big Ten will require daily antigen testing for athletes, coaches, and football workers beginning September 30th, and test results must be completed before each practice or game.

Team test positivity rate and population rate positivity thresholds will be used to define recommendations for staging practices and games.

The Big Ten Soccer resumption also doesn’t mean that UB will receive any form of compensation from an originally scheduled game against Ohio State. The Bulls were scheduled to play Ohio on Saturday in Columbus, but the original postponement of the soccer season by the MAC and the original Big Ten schedule that was modified to include only the conference games eliminated the game. The contract between the two teams said UB would earn $ 1.8 million from Ohio.


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