For those of you who are unaware of the fact that there were three other schools besides Ohio State who were looking to pursue games and play football, the information is in paragraph two. So undoubtedly if these four were to go ahead with their plans, the BiG leadership would have a decision to make; go along with their decision or boot them from the conference. Of course if they boot them, they also lose a big chunk of their revenue. And no one should doubt the fact that tv monies would follow them.
But this last week has also laid unmistakably bare that not every program in the league is on level footing. There was also absolutely not unanimous agreement about pulling the plug on Tuesday — or, as multiple sources confirmed to Lettermen Row, Sunday night before allowing teams to practice for two more days. Ohio State and Nebraska made that unmistakably clear on Monday when both Ryan Day and Scott Frost were making public statements about pursuing games anywhere they could find them, and Michigan and Penn State followed suit with letters of their own.
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Ohio State coach Ryan Day has vowed to fight for his team. (Birm/Lettermen Row)
All four of those programs and some less-vocal schools like Iowa believe in the testing, medical support and protocols that were put in place at great expense over the last two months to give their student-athletes a shot at playing the game they love. It doesn’t seem that unreasonable to at least have given them a shot to test them out. And it’s at that point where the conversation got heated and the debate seemed to shift away from COVID-19 and straight to television contracts, conference membership — and money.