On October 24, the Big-Ten will begin playing football. If you are surprised, you don’t read much. If you’re offended, your housemates who have joined you under the bed during the would-be pandemic will be too. However, if you’ve had your television on the past two weekends, college football, albeit with a light schedule, is being played.
Kevin Warren, the Commissioner of the BigTen, is a remarkable fool. His ploy to allow his league to become an election football has backfired spectacularly. In its wake, fellow commissioners will find Warren a weak counterpart, and one who allowed his obvious political agenda to set his conference back.
As for football, and soon basketball, the absolute charade created by Warren makes the league look like the Keystone Cops. With “science” as their reason for canceling the season, that same “science” is now the reason they can play. These geniuses, who clearly aren’t aware that COVID-19 is an ever-evolving story, didn’t bother to look at the landscape of college football, see who was playing, and find out how they were. To the players’ detriment, decision making in the Big Ten has been nothing short of the clowns exiting a Volkswagen.
The optics have been bad. Even with the PAC-12 following suit, they haven’t been the hot mess that the Big Ten has. What players, parents, coaches, and fans have come to realize, is that this was a political motivation gone south. For those who haven’t seen the Biden campaign video of empty stadiums, including a few in the Big Ten, take a look. It screams of a partisan decision making that has now blown up in their face.
Commissioner Warren will long be remembered for botching this call. It’s his PR disaster, his failing. However long his tenure in his current role, he’s shown he was not ready for prime time. He’s also shown he was more than willing to hang his student-athletes out to dry to aid one candidate in the presidential election.
Fortunately many, including a few state executives, were not willing to let a football season go by the waysides. On October 24, the Big Ten will play football. Despite one commissioner’s best efforts to kill it.